The first three verses, the psalmist calls the redeemed to praise God. Throughout the
forty-three verses, many are beset by troubles. While circumstances differ for each, all share
the same experience as they cry out to God in their need, He hears and answers. Perhaps as
caretakers, we cannot yet ‘see’ our way to a safe harbor. We cannot direct the wind, but we
can adjust the sails, by surrendering to God’s love, care, and hope.
In our humanity, we often resist submitting, choosing not to learn about ourselves. God
is always at our side, but do we believe this? In this new year, what do you want God to do for
you? Joan Chittister recommends, “Go into a cell and all will teach you everything. You learn
answers from within yourself. You ask yourself questions and get to know yourself for you are
the one with answers. Once you figure out who you really are, then and only then, will you be
at peace. In return, you are creating a more peaceable world.”
Are we willing to look at the patterns, themes and threads that have held our entire
lifespan together? Insights can provide us with new ways of seeing the ebb and flow of our
lives. The benefit of taking stock is that the Holy Spirit gives us the energy to get through many
days when all has looked glum. As we look through the light of the Lord, we can be alive with
new possibilities, hope, love, and peace.
We are comforted by the word in 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No trial has come to you but
what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the
trial He will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.” May our praise and
focus be on God who is faithful to His word and always responds to us. It may not work out our
way or on our timetable, but it will happen God’s way. Prayer opens the door for God to work.
Those who pray deeply and regularly come to know both the mind of God and the obstacles in
their own hearts.
Perhaps an obstacle might be feeling guilt and resentment when or if as a caregiver you
fret that you are not doing all you might do or when one feels that they are not being
appreciated. If you have this sense, hold on to Romans 8:31, “What then shall we say to this? If
God is for us, who can be against us?” Remember as a human being, we are limited, and
change requires a choice. Whether in brilliant light, deep darkness or seeming absence, God
remains faithful. May we be people of ceaseless hope seeking God’s light to guide us. As you
keep your eyes on the Lord, can you believe you will get to the safe harbor?