Catch your breath

2015-04-30 17:04

PSALM 34:18 (The Message)

If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, He’ll help you catch your breath.

Reflection

A close friend recently lost his 22-year-old son. “My baby’s dead,” was all he could say. Unless you’ve been through it, there’s no way anyone can understand the gut-wrenching pain induced by the loss of one’s child.

No one, that is, but God. He lost His only son. Remember? How many times do we read today’s scripture and feel warm thoughts about our God as the Healer of broken hearts? Plenty. But this verse is so much stronger than just a warm reassurance.

He supports us as our knees buckle. He breathes air into our lungs when sobbing and anxiety robs us of breath. He carries us through the worst times with one absolute guarantee – He’ll never leave us to grieve or face any trial alone. Today at work, pray you don’t get that phonecall about the death of a loved-one. But still, you will face a difficult situation. After all, what is more challenging than public service?

You may have to choose whom to lay off or what programmes to discontinue. Your own job may be on the line. Or, the project deadline is now and the internet is down. Whatever happens, know this: There is nothing that God cannot help you handle. He will help you catch your breath.

He calls you a Christian public servant because He wants you to serve others as He wants them served – despite or perhaps because of what is coming your way today.

So, just as my friend found in the loss of his son, God is right there for you, too. And He has gone through more than you can ever imagine. So, He understands your pain and anxiety. Today and tomorrow and the next day, too, He will help you catch your breath.

Prayer

Father, help me catch my breath. Today I bring You my sorrows, my worries and all my doubts. Take them in Your hands and ease my condition. In return, give me the blessing of showing others how a Christian public servant is truly called by You. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

) The Christian Public Servant is sponsored by the Robertson School of Government at the Regent University (Virginia Beach, Virginia, America). It is dedicated to public servants in all areas of government, non-profit management, health care, social work, faith-based service organisations, public safety, defence and church management. For the glory of God, it affirms the public servant on six continents by offering morning devotionals and by receiving prayer requests

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