It feels good when someone shares openly with me about what’s going on with them. But I can also get kind of weird when people tell me about their troubles. Is it just me? It’s not that I don’t want to be compassionate or lend a hand. I just often feel like I don’t know how to respond. I don’t know why that person is going through such a difficult time, and I’m not sure how to help.
Not to overgeneralize, but usually girls are less about the “fixing” the problem, and more about having someone there to just listen to it. Still, I feel like I need to do something, when someone comes to me with a problem or a burden. I get antsy; I feel like I have to do something.
Also, since I do believe in an all-powerful and all-loving God, I feel like I need to share my faith for my friends and their futures. But when you don’t actually know what God is thinking, what can you say that actually helps? Phrases like, “God has a plan” and “He knows what’s best for us,” can seem generic at best, and painful at worst, depending on the circumstances.
So what does help? Something I’ve been coming across in scripture again and again lately is how God handles our troubles, specifically. And it has been so encouraging, even though I feel like my troubles are small currently. I’m storing them up to share them with those who need them, or for a time when I do. But for now, they remind me of God’s character – his generous, compassionate nature, and his heart to connect with us. They are all from Psalms, since that is where I’ve planted myself since Nolan was born. With so much going on with two littles, I’ve just been meditating on these scriptures over and over, reminding myself of who God is. I hope they encourage you, no matter what you are going through.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea…” – Psalm 46:1-2, NIV
“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” – Psalm 68:19 NIV
“But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.” – Psalm 10:14 NIV
“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who knows your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” – Psalm 9:9-10 NIV
“Taste and see that the Lord is good; for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” – Psalm 34:9-10 NIV
“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:17-18 NIV
“…we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.” – Psalm 66:12b NIV
“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.” – Psalm 59:16 NIV
“‘Because he loves me,’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.'” – Psalm 91:14-15 NIV
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me.” – Psalm 138:7 NIV
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