Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. – (Psalm 54:4, NIV)
Look, my God will help me. My Lord will support me. – (Psalm 54:4, ERV)
But see now! God comes to rescue me; the Lord is my valiant supporter. – (Psalm 54:4, VOICE)
This has been one of those weeks where the days are extraordinarily long, yet in hindsight, I am not sure how it is now Wednesday. Monday began with a sore throat and the school day closed with a fight in my 6th period class. Yesterday, my throat didn’t hurt but my voice was fading. Thankfully, no fights, just some high energy kids who are as ready for break and I am. Today is an early release day for the students, so a change in the routine might be good. What I do know is that God has sustained and helped me for the last few days, and I know he will be present still. Tomorrow will be a marathon, as it is our first gymnastics meet of the season, and we are hosting. Knowing that God is with me is a comfort and encouragement to keep pressing forward. My sister and brother-in-love are moving mom to Albany today as well. They have packed and cleaned and sorted and prepared to help mom have a smooth move to be closer to family. It is clear that God has been present, as mom is excited to be so much closer to family and to be moving to a space with built-in community. All this to say that there is much going on and I am a bit overloaded, however, I know God is with me and that He is upholding me as I go – one day, one hour, and at times, one minute at a time. May we ever seek the Lord, our Sustainer and Savior, for He is faithful to help us navigate all things that come our way.
O Lord, You are good,
Our help and our hope,
Your grace is our help,
Your love holds us up;
Your strength sustains us,
In You there’s enough.
O Lord, keep holding,
My life in Your hands;
Remind me anew,
That in You I stand.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our help and the One who sustains us when we are feeling depleted. Thank You that You are ever-present to help and You hold us up with Your loving hands. Forgive us for our desire to quit when things are overwhelming. Teach us to lean into You and remember Who gives us the strength and support that we need to overcome all that comes our way. Show us how to love, support and encourage those around us in ways that make Your heart tangible to all. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we praise You for Your help that sustains us. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to You I pray. – Psalm 5:2