As a toddler, I began doodling and writing. From the time I could hold a crayon, I would write on any piece of paper in sight. Needless to say, once I started kindergarten, (after finishing my assignment of course)… I would draw on the corners of my worksheet; the sun, clouds, smiling faces….typical kid stuff.
The teacher, Mrs. Wilkerson wasn’t nearly as thrilled as I with my artistic creations, telling my mother that I was spending way too much time day-dreaming in class.
Smiling now, I didn’t see it that way…..I was simply making my paper pretty, a letter of sorts to her. [Side note: To this day, she was my favorite educator and provides me with such fond memories of my childhood.]
Ok! Back to the subject……
However, as I matured into adulthood, I realized that this was a coping tool for me when I needed to gain perspective on whatever was going on in life.
Most of the time after pouring my heart out onto a blank page, I felt that I was better able to step back and view whatever is/was going on more objectively than my emotions would otherwise allow, yet with NO real plausible solution.
Where am I going with this?
Well, just as recording my thoughts onto paper offers me fresh perspective, I now know that pouring our hearts out to GOD in prayer helps us gain His perspective and remind us of His power in whatever we are facing.
When we’re faced with a situation that brings anxiety, fear, or a deep awareness that getting through it will require more than what we possess, lets not resort to doodling and turning it over in our minds. Instead, run straight to Jesus.
A great example was provided us in 2 Kings 19: 9-19 . King Hezekiah, after receiving an unsettling letter from an ominous adversary the Assyrians, whom threatened to destroy Jerusalem, as they had many other nations….placed the letter before the LORD. He prayerfully called upon God to deliver the people, so that the world would recognize that He alone could deliver them.
“Then[Hezekiah] went up to the temple of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD.” 2Kings 19:14
We too, should follow this example. When we receive unsettling news. Pray, meditate in the word of God, and place whatever problem and or concern at the feet of Jesus. Trusting that He will intercede on our behalf, order our steps, provide a solution, and calm our uneasy hearts, all according to His purpose and plan.
God is our greatest help in times of trouble. He is our Deliverer from every fiery trial and a testimony to the world that He is in control of all things.