Are You Brokenhearted? Crushed by Fear?

He is my Rock in turbulent waters
     "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18 NIV

     A few months ago it would have been difficult for me to see the truth of God's promise here even though it has been underlined in my Bible for probably years. I was so caught in the grip of fear and anxiety that I allowed it to take over God's promises in His Word. I clung to the fear in hopes of crushing it, defeating it, and controlling it~but it controlled me. God in His faithfulness did not leave me there but has brought me to His promises that I once grasped tightly.
     Yes, some circumstances have changed in my life, but the greatest change has been the impact of a study in His promises by James MacDonald. "Always True: God's Five Promises for When Life Is Hard." This week we dealt with Fear. The fear that chokes me, that paralyzes me, that lies to me, that attempts to drown me with wave after pounding wave.
     But God promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5,6). All the time that I was twisting and flailing away at the problems, trying to discover a way to solve them, turning from God at times in anger or hopelessness, He was there at my side. He never left me. And for a time, He has brought me into a spacious place of comfort.
     How could I have imagined that He would bind up my wounds with His loving balm and put a joy in my heart and on my face. There will be hard times down the road. I know this trial is not over, but God has given me joy for my sadness and given me rest and strength for the journey ahead.
     He is Near! Are you finding Him by your side?

How could I have imagined such joy six months ago?

From My Heart to Yours,
Linking with Word-Filled Wednesday

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