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An Ever Present Help in Trouble...
This month’s inspiration design is a painted floral arrangement in a blue and white china bowl. I love all blue & white china! I painted this on a dark background which I think represents the “trouble” mentioned in this month’s verse, Psalm 46:1 “HE is an ever present help in trouble.”
How Do You Define "Trouble"?
This is a short verse, but there is so much that could be said about it! Preparing for this story has caused me to do some reflecting on the word “trouble”. How do you define Trouble?
I immediately think of problems and difficulties, or things that cause distress, unrest, anxiety, frustration, pain or sorrow. I definitely do not like these things that fall into the Trouble category; and although they are not pleasant things to talk about or rehearse over & over, it has certainly been beneficial for me to spend a little time thinking about it, asking the Lord, “how does this all apply to me?”
Where to Place Your Trust...
As aggravating as Trouble can be, it also has a helpful side to it! I’m realizing that Trouble reveals a lot about me....my mindset, my focus, my beliefs, my values, and most importantly, where I’m putting my trust! This reminds me of the Psalm 119:91 “...all things are Your servants” I can trust Him with the trouble in my life….all things can be used as tools for my sanctification AND His glory!
My heart also keeps zeroing in on the words “ever present”. I just kept thinking about those two words over and over, letting them sink deeper and deeper into my heart. I want to burn into my mind that description of God!
He IS Ever Present!
He IS Ever Present. Depending on the day or the circumstances, trouble might just be the aggravation of a car breaking down; the frustration of relationship issues among friends or family; or it could show up as the deep, gut-wrenching pain of a fatal accident; or as the unrelenting long, dark nights of the soul that refuse to leave.
No matter the depth of despair or frustration, HE is ever present IN the situation.
More often than I would like to admit, I find myself defining help as a way of escaping FROM the situation! Do you do that as well? Well, this verse is reminding us that He is an ever present help IN the situation! Help could show up as Him providing resources to be relieved of the troubling situation, or equipping you with strength and endurance to withstand the difficulty, or help could be in the form of the comfort of His presence as mentioned in Psalm 23.
His Presence Walks Us THROUGH the Hard Times
What a precious gift His presence is to have Him walk with us THROUGH even the darkest valley.
Have you ever experienced that? I remember the comfort of His presence when my daughter was in a near fatal car accident. It felt like a terrible dream as we sat in the NICU Waiting Room listening to the doctor somberly deliver the news of the seriousness of her situation. I felt the unexplainable peace of His overwhelming presence with us IN that dark valley.
My prayer is that this artwork will be a reminder of the precious promise we have been given for every troubling situation we encounter. “He is an ever present help in trouble.”
Pam Coxwell | From the Heart Art