On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. (Psalm 62:7-8)
Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the limitations chronic illness places on my life, and I realize that everyone around me faces some type of difficulty. A close friend tries to accept the devastating news of her mother’s dementia. A coworker fights to save her marriage. My neighbors file bankruptcy and put their home up for sale.
Life can be frightening indeed, but scripture, particularly the Psalms, can minister to our souls whenever we’re troubled. If we become weary or discouraged, this verse reassures us that we can unload every care onto the Lord’s shoulders (Matthew 11:28-30; I Peter 5:7). God replace our worries with His peace (Philippians 4:6-7).
God can handle any of the struggles or doubts that I bring to Him. He never condemns me when my emotions are involved. He allows me to unburden my soul to Him. And then, He gently restores me, allowing the Word to minister to me and to comfort me.It is during uncertain times I have learned to rely on God’s power, because when I am at my lowest, He has never failed to be my refuge and my source of strength.