Got Trouble? Get Closer!

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Got Trouble?  Get Closer!

By Mary Ann Wray

I’ve lived almost six decades now and there are days when it feels like I’ve not lived, learned, or done enough for God, self and others! In my lifetime I’ve seen a lot of things that are pretty awesome, other things that just don’t make any sense, suffered some low blows, hard knocks, experienced great high points and other low ones.

But if there’s one valuable lesson I’ve learned in life it is this: when tempted to feel sorry for myself and think that no one cares, I am reminded of this truth: self-pity never wins the compassion of another-in fact, it repels it! However, in the face of difficulties, challenges, unfairness, injustice, lack, want and need, I have a Father who cares and loves me like none other. He is my refuge and He is my provider!

Like David, I’ve learned that I can vent any problem and concern to God without fear, because He is the best listener there is! Beyond listening, He has the answer. In fact, He IS the answer! Nothing is bigger than God so why make it so?

No human can solve any unresolved issue and/ or problem for me anyway. It is true that some people are gifted listeners and will patiently endure complaints while we go on and on about our problems but they still can’t fix any of them. It is true that there is safety in counsel and they may offer some good Godly advice, but it’s still up to us to pray it through and put to practice what we need to do by faith. I’ve learned that so many things can be fixed by just being in His presence: turning on some worship music, loving on Him as my Daddy and praising Him in the storm!

You see, we have a choice: to draw closer to God or wallow in our sorrows and get on a pity pot. The first choice is so much better than the second one! By going into that ‘secret’ place with God, His presence de-magnifies and shrinks the troubles down that once appeared mountain like. His presence has a way of turning them into a tiny little ant hill or better yet, they seem to disappear altogether! Many times I come out of those “God sessions” laughing at myself for being such a goof and seeing the ‘problem’ for what it is, wondering why I got so bent out of shape about it in the first place!

Many times our thoughts within us magnify the issue 10-100 x’s greater than what it really is. So when you give things to God as soon as you recognize your heart becoming overwhelmed, you don’t give your head a chance to make it bigger than life. By following this principle you also keep your friends and become a closer friend of God! (smile) Remember child of God,that God is for you, not against you. So what does it matter who likes you or not, what people say about you or not, what you don’t have that you want, or what you need that you don’t have yet? If He is for you who can be against you? He meets all of your needs according to His riches in glory! (Romans 8: 31 & Philippians 4: 19)

Here is what King David said during one of his low moments….

“I cry aloud to the Lord; I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy. I pour out before him my complaint; before him I tell my trouble. When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way. In the path where I walk people have hidden a snare for me. Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life. I cry to you, Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me.” Psalms 142

Mary Ann Wray

This article was written by Mary Ann Wray