My soul melts away for sorrow;
strengthen me according to your word!
As my family prepares for a major transition, there is much that frightens us and much that gives us sorrow. We hate leaving behind dear friends, even though we know that God has a wonderful group of friends to meet us in Las Vegas. And so, reading this verse today was a reminder that my hope and encouragement from God must be found in his word.
Some days when I read the word of God, I find principles that only point me toward comfort. Thanks to God this day, I find his encouragement in the very passages that he had set out for me on my daily reading list.
Of course, the above Scripture encouraged my heart. Seeing David declare his sorrow and his comfort in the word of the Lord is helpful. But God gave more.
In Luke 1:37-38a, I read the following this afternoon: “37 ‘For nothing will be impossible with God.’ 38 And Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.’” Of course, this passage is Mary’s conversation with the angel regarding the coming of Christ. Yet, as I read it, the angel’s reminder that nothing is impossible with God was a salve to my heart. Mary’s submission, asking that God’s will be done in her life was a reminder to me that I also am the Lord’s servant, available for him to do with as he pleases.
Then, in Ephesians 2:7, I read, “so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” This passage is speaking of God’s eternal plan for believers. Yet, in that passage, I am reminded that God’s plans for me include kindness. How sweet it is to think that God has kindness in store for his children.
Today, as my heart has been heavy with fears for the future, God has reminded me that his word holds the comfort that my heart needs. He can do all things. He will use his servants for his glory. He has kindness in store for his children.
Those comforts have helped. No, my house has not sold yet. No, I do not have a place for our family to live in Las Vegas yet. No, it is still no easier to say goodbye to dear friends. But, God is good. He is comforting me. He is showing his glory. And for all this, I give him thanks.