In times of trouble, we often cry out to God for help. We ask for specific things we think we need in order to get through our hard times. But God knows what is best for us, and very often, it is not what we think we need or want.
When we are heavy hearted with burdens too great to bear, it is easy to forget that God has everything in his hands and that everything, in the end, will work to good.
When I battled my brain injury, I prayed, on my knees, and begged God to heal me. I was very specific as to what I wanted him to do for me. Yet, night after night, day after day, week, month and year after year, my healing was gruesomely slow and painful. I pumped my fist in God’s face many, many times, angry that he didn’t reach down and cure me. I can’t tell you how often I beseeched him to let me just touch the hem of Christ’s robe. But…
One day I stopped praying for my “laundry list” of things I wanted God to do for me. Instead I prayed for his highest and best for me. When I stumbled upon Psalm 61:2, I knew in my heart, my prayer was already answered.
Palm 61:2 New King James Version:
From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
I knew that God had already led me to the rock that was higher than I was. He had led me to my front yard and whispered to me to rip out the grass and plant flowers. Over the years, as I slowly healed, the garden became an amazing place where neighbors gathered. People who were also hurting from illness, loss or grief, came and sat by the gurgling fountain and enjoyed the perfume of the flowers. My garden was the rock that was higher than I. It was the anchor that helped me pass the days as my brain healed, and it opened my heart to more love and compassion that I had ever known.
Now, in times of hardship, I know to ask God for just one thing; a rock that is higher than I am. I know he will always provide. It is my job to keep my eyes and heart open to his gifts.
What in your times of trouble, is your rock that is higher than you?