“I cry aloud to the Lord; I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy. I pour out my complaint before Him; before Him I tell my trouble.” Psalm 142:1-2
Yesterday was a very trying day. I broke off part of a molar while chewing ice chips. I was already on edge and, well, that sent me over. In the past two years I have been involved in a serious car accident, had to undergo lumbar surgery and fought a protracted battle against the city’s miscalculation of my property taxes. I have also been dealing with the numbing fact that my employer is moving all of my job duties to representatives in another city and state. In fact, I am the only person left aboard the sinking ship; my (now former) manager’s last day was yesterday.
So, thankfully, I was alone as I sat at my desk and had one heck of a pity party. The broken tooth just seemed like the last straw. All I wanted to do was go home, hug my pillow and cry it all out. I couldn’t do that, though. There was still a lot of work to do plus I had promised my brother I would attend his birthday celebration. In the midst of my despair, I prayed to the Lord: “I know it can be much worse. Despite it all, I know you are in control, Lord. Please continue to be with me and guide me.”
I was exhausted by the time I made it to my brother’s party. Feeling sorry for yourself takes a lot out of you. I sat wearily, wishing time would speed by. But, then, something amazing happened. My stress level slowly eased; first as my nieces greeted me with warm hugs then at the sight of my sister-in-law’s bright smile at my arrival. My brother’s fun-loving friends moved about the room, cracking jokes and making everyone laugh, including lil’ ole sourpuss me. Then, there was my brother, clearly moved by the turnout and being surrounded by his loved ones. By the time the party ended, I had forgotten all about my “troubles”.
When you feel you’ve reached the end of your rope, know the Lord is there keeping you steady. Release your troubles to Him. He will turn your sadness into joy!