In My Mind

Lamentations 3:1-33

Lamentations 3:1-3 “I am one who has seen affliction under the rod of God’s wrath;2 he has driven and brought me into darkness without any light; 3 against me alone he turns his hand, again and again, all day long.”

Sometimes I feel like everything is against me… even GOD!

Lamentations 3:7-9 “7He has walled me about so that I cannot escape; he has put heavy chains on me; 8though I call and cry for help, he shuts out my prayer; 9he has blocked my ways with hewn stones, he has made my paths crooked.

Why would GOD be against me? GOD is love right? What is it that is against me? Could it be me?

My mind is a funny/weird thing. There are thoughts in my head that make no sense. I find myself saying, “Who is in there and who is saying that?”

When that is happening I can convince myself that GOD doesn’t care for me, GOD has judged me, I am being punished… and there I sit basking in my own pain, digging myself deeper into the quagmire.

The writer of Lamentations knows my pain. And they say in the depth of that pain with the bitterness and the gall… well let me let Lamentations say it…

Lamentations 3:21-24 “21But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: 22The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; 23they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,“therefore I will hope in him.”

Sometimes my mind makes me feel like everything is against me, but it is MY MIND not GOD. Sometimes I need to let go of the fear and trust that the “steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.” Fear says “You are not safe, but I can make you safe.” Love says “You are safe!” It can be a scary world out there, but GOD is out there around every corner and even in you and I. Take a deep breath and let it out slowly. Close your eyes take another deep breath and let it out slowly and know that your GOD breathes with you and in you and through you. You are a wonderful, precious, loving child of GOD. Don’t put your trust in your mind, put your trust in GOD and breathe.

Precious Father, Loving God, Holy Spirit I pray. I pray to feel you and see you in every breath I take. I pray Lord for you to help me alleviate my fears and I pray Lord for those that live in fear. AMEN!

Jim Dietvorst

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