“My heart is in anguish within me;
the terrors of death have fallen on me.
Fear and trembling have beset me;
horror has overwhelmed me.
I said, ‘Oh that I had the wings of a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest.
I would flee far away and stay in the desert;
I would hurry to my place of shelter,
far from the tempest and storm.”
Psalm 55:4-8 (NIV)
Sometimes there are verses in the Bible that stand out in such meaningful ways at just the right moment, even if we never really realized what they said before.
I have read all of the Psalms multiple times. I’m pretty sure I glazed over Psalm 55 all of those times. Yet the scriptures are active in our lives and our circumstances. In my recent circumstances these verses gave words to what I was feeling but could not express.
There was one particularly tough morning a while back where I just read and re-read these verses. I prayed, “Lord, if you could respond to my cry with a love letter, what would it say?”
This is what I felt lead to write in response to my prayer. I don’t often share such intimate writings, but I just felt a need to be bold in case the words can offer hope to another the way they offered hope to me.
You are in my arms and my care. Oh precious, I know how scary this is for you. I know how afraid you are to look forward. I sense your terror, that it will be more than you can handle.
My beautiful beloved, it is much too much for you, but none of it will overwhelm Me. You don’t even need to be able to lift these burdens up to me, you simply need to draw near to me.
Edge in closer. Press in that you may hear my heart and feel my warmth. Feel the Holy Spirit rise up as comforter, as the fire to fuel your moments.
It’s My love for you that pulls you close, holds you tight, gives you strength, and offers you protection.