(Excerpt from Prayer for an Anxious Heart, to which I had to honor of contributing with thanks to Barbour Publishing Inc.)
From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings!
PSALM 61:2-4 NLT
Lord, life happens all the time, and no matter how much I try to plan or prepare for the future, the unexpected occurs. I try to control my world, and just when I think I might have it all together, something happens to remind me I am not in control. From deep grief to small disappointments, those things can cause my emotions to spin out of control and overwhelm my heart.
When those times come—and they will—lift my chin and help me focus on you. You are a very present help in time of trouble. Only you can calm the storm inside of me when a tornado of uncertainty spins from within. You are my peace and my strength. You provide shelter and safety to my wounded heart. When I look to you, I find a place of rest for all the questions running through my mind.
Thank you for always being there for me when I cry out to you. Thank you for always settling my soul with your presence. I put my mind on you and I rest in the sanctuary of our love. Help me to live my life under the shelter of your wings. I close my eyes and rest in you now.