The Eternal God is our refuge,
And underneath are the everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33:27
I was sitting on our holiday villa balcony inwardly crying out to God.
'Lord, I am struggling to focus on You, to know You are here with me. I have no real times alone with You, so much distraction, I am battling with the all too familiar anxiety, feelings of homesickness and loneliness, and I feel guilty to be in such a beautiful place, yet struggling with such minor issues against the bigger issues of life.'
How ungrateful I felt. Yet, I told myself it was ok, that I needed to be still and know that God was God, and to also know that He was always interested in me and everything that was worrying me, however small. I did feel lonely, and desperately needed to know that God was still in control and able to comfort me.
As I sat watching the world go by, I looked out to sea. I focussed on the Skyway Tampa Bridge that was on my horizon, a massive bridge that connects the island with the mainland. I could just make out the cars driving over the bridge. I had looked at this view of the bridge every day of our holiday. But this day, God had something to say about it
I felt the stirring in my spirit, a sense that God was watching with me.
My Heavenly Father had read my thoughts and knew I needed encouragement from Him. I felt Him whisper to my heart:
‘See that bridge – how it supports the weight of all those cars? How much more am I able to carry you in my arms My precious child?’
What a difference those few words made to me. I sat there knowing the power of knowing I was known, understood and important to the Creator of the whole world, who wanted to and was able to carry me in His arms.
'Thank you, Lord, that we are never insignificant to You. You are our Heavenly Father, who takes great interest in every thought, feeling, every small detail of our lives. Nothing is ever too small to bring to You. May we rest in Your everlasting arms today.'