I tucked my legs beneath me in the corner of the sofa. Coffee steam rose from my favorite cup. I clutched my Bible to my chest and rested my head against the sofa’s back. My eyes closed while I tried to settle my spirit, but peace seemed like a distant desire with no relief in sight. I felt very troubled. Peace evaded me.
One of my favorite psalms began to flow from my heart and escape my lips:
When My Heart is Overwhelmed, Lead Me to the Rock
Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth, I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah*
… when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock …
I knew the Lord was speaking and wanted to show me something. But what? I turned to my Bible’s concordance and looked up the word rock. I was familiar with the term and recognized it as a reference to the Lord, especially in terms of Him being our refuge.
I scoured the verses provided and then came across this one:
Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea … and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:1,4
That rock was Christ.
Lord, when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to Jesus — to drink of His Living Water, to bathe in His grace, to soak in His Peace. Jesus. My Prince of Peace.
What a beautiful Name — the Name above all names. Jesus. The Rock of my salvation. The Lord my righteousness who forgives me and cleanses me that I may come before the Lord my God boldly with the needs of my heart.
Jesus. The One who sits at the right hand of the Father and intercedes for me, who advocates my case before the Father.
When peace evaded me, the Lord was always there, pressing in, His delicate whispers yearning to get my attention. I realized He had consoled me. He carried me when I was too weary to continue on my own.
I know now, He loves me with an everlasting love and will never leave me.
Nor you if you have believed on His Name.
When Peace Evaded Me, Jesus Drew Near
Oh, Jesus, I come to You to drink deeply from Your well. Sustain me, Lord. Uphold me and preserve me during this wilderness time. You are my Rock. You are my Shelter. My Refuge. When peace evaded me, You helped me understand that You are my Peace. You are my long-abiding Friend.
Bless the Name of the Lord
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Sweet blessings to you,