"I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me."
Psalm 77:1 (NIV)
This verse caught my attention in my daily Bible reading a few days ago and I keep going back to read it again. Have you ever "cried out to God"? Fallen on your knees before Him and finally admitted you can't do it by yourself? There's something beautiful in those moments of broken surrender, in remembering who He is and what He can do. The walls you've built up against the world, against Him, have no choice but to fall. When we finally stop trying so hard to be strong and keep it together, that's when He is most able to work in our lives, in our hearts. Being vulnerable is not something we enjoy, in fact, we tend to avoid it at all costs. Even the definition makes it sound like a weakness, but it's not. Not with God. The freedom found in letting go and just resting in who God is, is so worth the discomfort we experience at baring our souls. Because He loves, He protects, He would never leave one of His children, He would never abuse their trust. There is safety in His arms. It's only in releasing our burdens and giving them to God that we can truly rest and find peace in His presence.
Father God, please teach us to surrender to You. Please give us open hands and hearts. Give us rest in You when we are facing one of life's storms and remind us that You always hear us when we cry out to You.