I was thirsty today.
I was feeling down and out and broken and alone and in pain. And in a laundromat but that was more a geographical state of being.
And one of my favourite verse came to mind: Psalm 34.18
‘The Lord is close to the broken-hearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit.’
That’s it. I think there was a moment of God calling down and adding, ‘And stop feeling sorry for yourself’ but that might have just been me.
But it is a true and powerful scripture. The reminder that no matter how low it goes, no matter how desperate you are, God is there. He gets it and He knows and He will be with you and as one of my new favourite sayings of late has seemed to be, ‘This too shall pass!’
And it shall.
Can you get any lower than having your heart broken [end to love? or end to love anticipated or expected or hoped for]?
Can you get any lower than having your spirit crushed [hope wrestled away, energy stolen, life brought low]?
For me those both seem to be the lowest of lows that you can ever arrive at and it is so comforting to know that even in those valleys, God is around.
I sent out a bit of a cry for help, and was cursing the fact that the time differences mean that so many of my cavalry were sleeping while it went out… but it has been so uplifting and encouraging to have the emails and the messages and Skype calls set up as they saw the smoke signals…
This too shall pass. And in the meantime, ‘The Lord is close to the broken-hearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit.’
May you find strength in this when you need it… or perhaps pass it on to someone you know who might need to hear it today!