Choosing To Trust In The Midst of Confusion About Life and Illness

Reading by the River bank

“Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you. But as for me, I trust in You.” (Psalm 55:1-2,23)

In the midst of a difficult week recently, I turned to the Psalms to read where others have cried out to God in their pain and struggle. My eyes were drawn to Psalm 55.

“Listen to my prayer, O God,
Do not ignore my plea;
hear me and answer me.
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught.”

I was certainly feeling troubled and distraught. I know that God always hears me, that He understands even my worst thoughts, because He knows my heart – and yet He still loves me.

In verse 22 it says: “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you.”

That’s a promise for me that God will help me through even the worst situations. When I can’t see a way through, God does. It may not be in the way I hope, but God by His grace, will give me the strength that I need to keep going.

Sometimes I find it hard even to pray when I feel overwhelmed by circumstances, or just depressing thoughts. What a comfort it is for me to know that not only does God know what I’m feeling, but I have friends I can ask to pray for me at the times when I don’t seem to be able to pray myself.

I love what it goes on to say at the end of verse 23: “But as for me, I trust in You.” Despite what seems to be happening in my life, the difficulties that seem overwhelming at the time, I can still chose to trust in the one who has my life in His hands.

I am sometimes ashamed when I feel overwhelmed by negative thoughts and emotions – maybe the same thoughts and emotions, God has helped me to overcome before. I guess it’s an ongoing battle, but I want my life to show that my choice is to trust in God – no matter what.

About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life as she lives with chronic pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, travel and photography.

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