I wrapped myself in a blanket while sitting on the balcony. My view overlooked the beautiful, majestic mountains. A light breeze created a rustling in the trees. The peaceful surroundings captivated my heart and mind. As steam rose from my coffee mug, I breathed in the chilly air. I couldn’t be more relaxed.
My husband drove our family almost 13 hours to get here. It was a trip we had planned for months. With our vehicle stuffed with luggage, activities, and of course, our most precious cargo (our four children), we departed from home the day before. We had expected to arrive at our rental house before sunset. Yet, traffic and a few stops set us back.
We made our final stop before heading up the remaining 20-mile trek to our mountain home. A stand-alone convenient store and gas station stood in the middle of nowhere. We grabbed a few items for the morning. As we headed up the mountain, evening settled in around us. In that moment, we realized we forgot one important task at our pit stop: to refuel our vehicle.
The glow of the gas light shone brightly as we took the steep turns of the mountain. I grasped my phone a little tighter and forced myself to focus on the navigation. My husband drove quietly. Within a few miles of the house, the GPS froze on us. To make matters more intense, the streets were not clearly labeled. We missed our turn. Now in the dark, we needed to turn around on a narrow road with no railings. Hearing the gravel crunching beneath the tires, I whispered prayers, pleading for God to help us. We returned to the crossroads with two other options before us. We headed down another road. Within a few moments, the GPS signaled that we were on the wrong path again. My husband carefully turned around.
Coming up to the crossroads once more, we sat silently. Unsure of which direction to take, the gas light seemed to appear brighter. I couldn’t help but contemplate what we would do if we ran out of gas. In my mind, I planned our next move if we became stranded. Houses spanned a great distance apart. The roads were dark. The weather continued to decline into the low 20’s.
With my frustration growing, I snapped at my husband. I declared that I would get out of the car to look closely at the misleading road signs. As I reached for the door handle, he firmly told me to stay inside the vehicle. Our patience was wearing thin. We both were exhausted and just a bit stressed.
The final path we had yet to take appeared steep. What if it wasn’t the right way? We couldn’t afford another wrong turn.
I breathed in deeply and prayed aloud this time. The Holy Spirit quickly reminded me of a passage I had been studying in Psalm 121.
The passage goes on to say that the Lord does not sleep. He is always watching over us. He guards our coming and our going. God will not allow harm to come our way.
Oh, how I needed this reminder on that cold, dark night on the mountain!
God strengthened my faith in that moment. With clarity now, I knew we should move forward confidently on the steep path. We forged ahead. Moments later, with a few twists and turns, we pulled safely into the driveway of our rental home. The kids burst with excitement over our arrival. My husband and I reached for each other’s hand. With a relieved sigh, we exchanged smiles and thanked God Almighty for His provision.
What a moment we experienced! It serves as a great reminder that God is far greater than our problems and shortcomings. He is fully aware of everything we face. And He’s there for us. He promises to always be with us. The next morning, we still had to make it back down the mountain to the nearest gas station. I handled that drive with a lighter heart. (By the way, we made it to an old-fashioned gas station just a few miles from the house where our youngest helped pump gas).
Who Do You Turn To When You Need Help?
When we walk in relationship with the Lord, we can rest assured that His promises in the Bible are true for our lives today. Whatever may come our way, we can experience God’s peace. How is that? Because God is on our side. He will provide. Even if we run out of gas. Even in the inconvenience of something not going as planned. Even when we are in a season of preparation and not sure what God is going to do. God makes good on His promises every single day, with every single circumstance. He is a faithful God. He is true to Himself and to His Word.
When you grow weary from the overwhelm…when life leaves you feeling frazzled, you can stand firm on this truth found in Deuteronomy 31:6:
As parents, we face busy lives filled with the demands of our kids, spouses, and commitments. Many times, we find ourselves wishing for another set of hands. We need to effectively juggle everything going on in our lives. We think ~ If we just had more help or more time in our day. Next thing we know, overwhelm has settled into our hearts where faith once dominated. How did we get to this place?
Sometimes, it’s a bunch of small tasks adding up.
Other times, we may face something so large, we can’t possibly handle it on our own.
When faced with crossroads – do you choose fear or faith?
Do you focus on the overwhelm or grab ahold of God’s peace?
For a moment, I allowed fear to settle in. I got frustrated and in some ways felt overpowered by my dilemma. I love the way God so graciously reached towards me and pulled me close to Him. He’s my Creator. The Lover of my soul. He doesn’t allow me to grow weary; He welcomes me into His loving arms to find rest.
Turn To God As Your Source of Help
Looking to the mountains is a great reminder of how majestic God really is. No situation is greater than He. We can trust Him with our dreams and hopes along with our setbacks and disappointments. You name it. He’s got it. You can and should call on Him to help you. Turn to Him. He will give you strength, wisdom, and peace as you face the demands of life. He is there for you in every way.
The same God who created the majestic mountains wants to work powerfully in your life. Don’t you love this relationship of trust He freely gives to us?
In this relationship, you can know that God loves you enough to watch over you. And not from a distance. He’s closer than the air you breath. The best part: He wants you to abide in Him. To live as though nothing can harm you because you belong to Him.
What struggles do you face today? What overwhelming situations do you need to relinquish control of? Turn to the Maker of heaven and earth. Release your burdens to Him and find the much-needed rest your heart longs for. Would you take a moment and open your Bible to Psalm 121? Sit quietly in God’s presence and allow Him to speak to you through the words of this chapter. As you do so, thank Him for His goodness and for all the ways He loves you and provides for you.
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