This week's devotion is from Psalm 124. With this devotion, Karen Kingsbury tells of a story of two girls who were in trouble and how one of the girls was able to clearly hear from God to get to safety.
After reading the scripture and then the devotion, I re-read Psalm 124 to find how this applies to my life. The following verses immediately stood out to me:
"Blessed be the Lord, who did not let their teeth tear us apart! We escaped like a bird from a hunter's trap. The trap is broken, and we are free! Our help is from the Lord, who made the heavens and the earth." -Psalm 124:6-8
We can all relate to these verses. Although, we are all most likely not being physically "trapped" by something or someone, Satan throws his traps on us daily. Being a parent to a child with autism brings many "emotional traps." Traps of worry, anxiety, heart break, doubt. Traps of not trusting God and trying to handle things on our own. Satan knows how important our children are to us. He also knows how to "trap" us with our worries.
"Am I doing everything I possibly can for my child with autism?"
"Should I keep homeschooling him or enroll him back into the public schools?"
"How will we find the money to do this therapy?"
"Is he too old for this help him?"
"Am I doing enough?"
These thoughts over take us and we are consumed with every trap Satan can throw on us to keep us connected with our children. We spend more time researching and finding things out on our own, instead of trusting God.
How easy is it for us to forget the Jesus broke that "trap"! We are set free! We don't need to worry about our children. He will provide. However, instead of praying and asking God to help us, we want to carry it all on ourselves which keeps us from doing what God truly needs for us to do. If we are so overwhelmed with worry, doubt and anxiety then we can't focus on what God needs for us to do in our lives at that given moment. In other words, if I am filled with worry and doubt, how am I going to do the work Jesus needs me to do for others?
Yes, worry, doubt and a lot of other emotional traps will come our way on daily basis. We must remember what Psalm 124:7 says....the trap is broken and we are free! Free of worry, doubt, anxiety. This can be us if we remember to give to God and keep pushing forward!
You are such an amazing God who knows exactly what is going on in all of our lives. No matter what happens in our lives, you are not taken by surprise. You know what's best for us and what we can do to help others. We all fall short of trusting you 100%. We ask that you will help us relinquish all of the emotional traps that Satan sends our way, and show us how to always hear from you. Thank you for our amazing children and all of the wonderful blessings you send their way.
In Your Name we pray,