“Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest!” Psalm 55:7
You know there are a variety of different ways in which we all try to deal with the different stresses in our lives, from minor to serious stresses. Some people will reach for a drink when they are stressed out, others will blame God for all their sorrows. Others will reach for food and stuff themselves while even others will reach out and blame those around them. Sure, these different responses may calm us down for a time, but reaching for these things will only bring a temporary means of escaping from our real problems. There is not a single product we can reach for or a single person or thing that we can blame that can take them away.
In Psalm 55, we read how King David described how he desired to escape from his difficulties… “My heart is severely pained within me…Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.” This was after the betrayal of his friend and counselor Ahithophel, who had gone to help his enemy, David just wanted to reach for it, whatever it was that would take him away from it all. In the psalm he tells us that he however, reached out to God in his pain: “But I will call upon God, and the Lord will save me.” Psalm 55:17
So, what is it that we reach for when our hearts are pained and we are feeling overwhelmed by our troubles? Do we reach out to God and then pour out our hearts to Him? We should. There is no reason why we should be afraid to do so. It’s OK to offer Him up all our questions, all our pain and even the stabbing anger that we might even be feeling towards Him at the time we reach out for Him. For it is OK to beat on His chest when we are engulfed in His loving arms. He has broad shoulders and He can take it.
So, remember that when we put our cares into the hands of God, He puts His peace into our hearts.