Friday, February 15, 2013

Help!! I'm in trouble...

Words we often say when things in life aren't quite right. I am sure the at first glance of the title of this entry might have made you wonder what was wrong with me. Well... Nothing at all is wrong. In fact, we find ourselves in a season of deep prayer and seeking the Lord's will. My devotions today were about how we pray in times of trouble and there is no where to turn. My scripture was Psalm 142

I cry aloud to the Lord;
    I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.
I pour out before him my complaint;
    before him I tell my trouble.
When my spirit grows faint within me,
    it is you who watch over my way.
In the path where I walk
    people have hidden a snare for me.
Look and see, there is no one at my right hand;
    no one is concerned for me.
I have no refuge;
    no one cares for my life.
I cry to you, Lord;
    I say, “You are my refuge,
    my portion in the land of the living.”
Listen to my cry,
    for I am in desperate need;
rescue me from those who pursue me,
    for they are too strong for me.
Set me free from my prison,
    that I may praise your name.
Then the righteous will gather about me
    because of your goodness to me.

So fitting today as my wife and I have really been seeking the Lord for his direction. We are finding ourselves standing at a crossroad of sorts. Not so much in trouble, but more wondering what direction God wants us to go in. After I became jobless and we moved to Ohio, the plan was for me to stay at home and take care of the kids as long as we could. At the end of that period we would decide what direction we would go in. Well the end of that period has come. After much discussion and prayer, we know the first step is for me to re-enter the job market. I have begun my search for a job with a few interviews. So far nothing has come to fruit. It leaves us even more determined to trust the Lord that he knows what he is doing. The crossroads we are standing at are those of both career, location, and timing. So we find ourselves praying more fervently than ever.

David finds himself maybe physically in a cave when he wrote Psalm 142 or prayerfully in a cave or just in hiding. David was scared, frustrated, and worried what might become of him. My wife and I want to be so careful to make the decision in which direction we should go because we do not want to fall in the traps that satan has laid out for us. Therefore we find ourselves crying out to the Lord for help and direction. My wife and I believe that God has hidden us in the cleft of his rock. But the time for hiding has come to an end and we feel God's nudging out of the cave to trust him in the path that he has laid out for us. 

We prayerfully and silently wait to hear God's leading for our marriage and family. We trust and know that God will lead us according to his will. There is no storm, there are no rough seas. There is simply peace in knowing that God is in control. The next step of when and wherever that God wants to be will be according to his will for us. We believe in prayer and we will wait... I love this song...