“Why are you so downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:11
Palpitations…cold sweats…feeling like something awful is going to happen… I’m freaking out! I jump out of bed afraid I’m having a heart attack right here, away from the phone. I’m trying to reason out that maybe it’s too much coffee, except that this happens 99% of the time, this time of the year.
Some people call this “winter blues.” I call this the dark shadow of winter , that demon that haunts me, crippling me from doing what I love to do, paralyzing me from even doing the mundane task. I feel like I’m in a bondage of fear, loneliness, and emotional instability and I can’t get out. Yet, with every dark shadow, there is always that glimpse of light.
What’s amazing about my so called “thorn of the flesh” is that I have a better view of my weaknesses and my spiritual malfunction that draw me closer to my Source of Strength. Jesus cares for me enough that I can cast all my anxiety upon Him. Instead of looking inside for strength, I know He is there as my Rock, my Refuge, my Shepherd leading me where the green pasture is, and guiding me to the Streams of Living Water.
With my heart beating fast, and my sweat pouring down my forehead, I hear His gentle whisper, “Be still and know that I am God.”
And in spite of this winter in my life, I rest in the assurance of God’s love. I maybe shaking, but my faith is standing still.
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