Lord, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you. May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry. I am overwhelmed with troubles……..you have overwhelmed me with all your waves……..all day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me. (Psalm 88)
This psalm really spoke to me. The season of life I find myself in has been intense. It has been blowin after blow after blow. It has been hard, and my heart keeps breaking. The waves of trouble just keep coming and I am overwhelmed. At times I’d worry that I’d lose my footing.
In this world, you will have trouble… (John 16:33)
Jesus himself warned us. Following Him would not be a walk in the park. It is hard, and we will have trouble in this world. God is good, and He loves us. But life on this earth is hard to even when we know that He has overcome the world (John 16:33)
I really needed some encouragement, to take heart. I asked the Lord for a sign that there would be a different season ahead. So that I’d know deep within my soul that the waves of trouble would not overtake me but that the Lord would set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. (Psalm 40:2)
On the way to go visit my daughter in the hospital, I passed one of our favorite hiking spots in the Jerusalem hills. Years ago, my daughters named this area ‘the Pink Forest’, because right at the beginning of spring the whole valley turns a beautiful shade of light pink. It is the almond trees that make this area so beautiful, they are the first trees to blossom and it is a sign that spring is near. We love to visit ‘the Pink Forest’, take lots of photos and enjoy that change of the season.
As I got to the top of the hill there was one lonely almond tree. It is still too early for spring, but there was the tree, full of white & light pink blossom!
It is still winter, and there will be more storms ahead, but the beautiful blossom at the top of the hill gave me the encouragement I needed. The season will change, we will walk in the Pink Forest again. The current season might be dark & difficult, but God hears our prayers and He is faithful to bring us through because He has overcome the world! (John 16:33) and He is the God that saves me! (Psalm 88:1)