“When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,” your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.”
- Psalm 94:18-19
When I look back over my life, there have been SO many desperate moments of me crying out, “Lord! My foot is slipping!” Have I used these exact words? Nope. But I know that feeling when the weight of everything I am facing feels like it’s going to crush me. I have known anxiety that feels like the weight of an elephant on my chest, sometimes for no reason at all. These are the moments I tend to cry out for help... the desperate moments. Lord, if you don’t show up, I’m not gonna make it through this breath... this season... this trial.
It’s so helpful to look back at these times because, although they are dark, I can honestly say I’ve known God’s consolation. The definition of consolation is, “The comfort received by a person after a loss or disappointment.” If you feel like your foot is slipping, or if anxiety is great within you today, my prayer is that you’ll rest awhile in His love and know the comfort of a God who has been to hell and back for you.
I’m so grateful that we can receive comfort from a God who knows what it is to lose something, a God who knows we would all face loss and disappointment and death, and a God who gave up everything so that loss and disappointment and even death would never have the final word.