Have you ever woke up in the middle of the night and you just couldn’t go back to sleep? 🙋🏻♀️
Oddly, that actually happened to me the night before my sister got married. I woke up at 4 in the morning and to my dismay didn’t go back to sleep.
So I did what I always do when I can’t sleep—pray for whoever the Lord brings to my mind. After I finished praying, I thought I’d listen to some Psalms. As I was relaxing and halfway listening to Psalm 31, I heard this verse in a new way: Psalm 31:7 I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;
That verse strengthened and comforted me during an exciting and emotional day. After that weekend I wrote this verse in my journal. When I was looking through all the verses I’ve written out in this particular journal, I was surprised (for some reason) that I had written another verse from Psalm 31 in 2016. That year for me was a spiritual growth season. As I look back at my journals and blog posts during that year of 2016, I see my dependence on God growing. I’m so thankful for the reminder in this verse: Psalm 31:24 Be of good courage and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.
I’m thankful for the Lord’s faithfulness in my life this year. I would probably burst into tears if I typed all the small and big ways God has loved and cared for me. One is the fact that I woke up early that day and “just happened” to listen to Psalm 31:7. Plus the fact I was able to walk around everywhere before the wedding very relaxed. Plus I never fell one time that weekend. Talk about a miracle!
This year dystonia has been getting on my nerves so much. It wears me out at times. But when I read the phrase in verse seven I am encouraged. “For thou hast considered my trouble;”
When I looked up what the word trouble means in verse seven, it means depression, that is misery, afflicted (-ion).
David was going through different circumstances than what I’m facing and that I probably won’t go through. But I love that he recognizes that the Lord considers the trouble he was going through and first says “I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy;”
I can replace the word “trouble” with “for thou hast considered my dystonia, job, mate, health, year, etc.”
After living with dystonia for years, I have learned when I come the closest to the Lord is in the dark and depressing times. …for when I am weak, then am I strong. 2nd Corinthians 12:10b
Suffering is a part of life for some more than others. I recently heard Joni Eareckson Tada quote this encouraging statement by Alan Redpath.
“There is nothing—no circumstance, no trouble, no testing—that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with a great purpose.”
What a wonderful and comforting thought that is!