Our family took a seven day trip to northern California this past week. We saw great sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, three National Parks and incredible architecture in downtown San Francisco.
But what our kids will remember most wasn’t on the itinerary.
We saw a naked man standing on the side of the road on US Highway 1.
Completely naked. In broad daylight. In plain view.
Traffic was at a standstill, as all the automobiles traveling along our path were slowing down to watch the police try to “contain” this man.
Needless to say- this incident sparked much conversation in our car.
“What’s wrong with him?”
“Why’s he doing that?”
“Is he in trouble?”
While we don’t know the events that led up to that particular moment in time, we do know that the man was under much stress. Great despair.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken. Psalm 34: 17-20
While you or I may never find ourselves naked on the side of the freeway, there are times when we feel vulnerable and unprotected. Perhaps there is uncertainty in your marriage or in our family lives. Maybe work has created an unsettling environment for us. Whatever the cause, life can hit us with punches that we don’t expect and leave us reeling.
But when all else fails- remember that we have Jesus.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 6-7
My prayer for this week is to let go of the stress and anxiety that life brings my way. I need to focus on the calming, healing power of Jesus…and ask for his help immediately when faced with uncertainty.
Let me know how I may pray for you.