Dependable in Distress

When I am in distress, I call to You, because You answer me. – (Psalm 86:7, NIV)

I am praying to You in my time of trouble. I know You will answer me. – (Psalm 86:7, ERV)

When times of trouble come, I will call to You because I know You will respond to me. – (Psalm 86:7, VOICE)

I am amazed at the power held in our senses. So often, a particular scent takes me back to childhood memories of people or places that made a lasting impression. After yesterday, I am certain that it works the same for animals. The pups had been adjusting back to being home fairly well, but yesterday, after a package containing the rest of our babies’ items from board and train arrived and was opened, Thor began acting out. I quickly took their belongings down to the laundry room to wash in HOT, but aggressive and out of the ordinary behaviors continued. It was as if Thor was instantly taken back and placed in fight or flight mode. The afternoon was exhausting, and I was so grateful for my husband’s help upon his return home from work. A considerable amount of my time had been spent seated on the floor beside Thor, as he refused to enter his crate.(He normally does so very willingly.) Anguish and anger played ping pong in my heart, as I again and again had to release rage and remorse, and redirect my focus to loving my pup well. After quiet prayers were lifted for peace to return, I had a restless night’s sleep. This morning, as I began our normal routine, Thor seemed more His sweet self, and was terrific company after he ate his breakfast. When it was time to get back in his crate, he did so willingly and easily. God responds when we seek Him and He cares about what matters to us. On my part, the patience and prayers will continue, for I know the Lord will respond. May we ever seek the Savior in our distress, for He responds as we call on Him.

God has created,

Wonderfully made;

All of creation,

He loves and will aid.

The Lord hears our cries,

In love, He responds;

He heals what is hurting,

Restores broken bonds.

God sees and He hears,

Each prayer lifted up;

In love He refills,

The emptiest cup.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we can call on You in our times of distress and You hear and respond to our heart’s cry. Thank You that You are faithful to meet us, walk beside us, and lovingly restore brokenness. Forgive us for holding onto hurts, and show us how to continually place all in Your hands. Teach us to love in ways that restore and offer hope where hurts have a hold of hearts. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek You in our distress and trust You to respond. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. – Psalm 147:3

A Significant Scent

Each of our senses is a significant gift from God, given to increase our awareness of the world around us.  An often discounted sense, is our sense of smell.  That being said, most of us have treasured memories that are tied to particular scents.  For me, the smell of a roasting turkey, baking pies, or smoking salmon, whisper sweet reminders of Thanksgivings and Christmases growing up at my grandparents’ home.  Pungent whiffs of rotting garbage bring flashbacks of the streets of Calcutta where the poor and destitute seemed to sit without help or hope.  Still other smells take me to specific times and places in my past.

“For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.  To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life.  And who is equal to such a task?” – (2 Corinthians 2:15-16)  I bear the aroma of Christ?  That thought alone compels me to keep my conscience clean and my heart pure before Him.  On my own, I am certain that I would wreak.  However, being covered and cleansed in Christ, I am received in His likeness, and led by His Spirit.  Only by His strength, am I able to be the fragrance of life to another.

Sweet is the smell,

of hope embraced.

Glad is the heart,

where sin’s erased.

Fragrant the gift,

our offering;

grounded in Christ,

our life we bring.

May we go forth,

bearing His scent;

that loves to life,

so hearts repent.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that in You, we bear the aroma of Christ to all whom we encounter.  Forgive us for the stench of our selfishness that tries to linger, and cleanse us so that we are fragrant testimonies of life in You.  Help those whose sense of scent is skewed, come to know the saving truth in You.  May our lives bear the sweet scent of salvation before all whom we meet, and may many come to know You as a result.  Let our lives be lived in love, so that all might accept the amazing aroma presented through Your Son.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.