Remember the first time you ever got the wind knocked out of you. You fell off the swings, and landed hard on your back. Looking at the clouds your brain tried frantically to tell your body to breathe but for some odd reason, your body did not seem to be listening. In what seemed like an eternity your eyes grew wide with fear, as you frantically tried to signal for help. Then almost as suddenly as it left you, your breath returns and you realize you are going to live!
While it has been many years since I have experienced the physical feeling of getting the wind knocked out of me. It has not been so long since I felt the emotional wind knocked out of me. We all have those moments in our life, some that are caused by forces outside of us and some that are self inflicted when we feel that we have had the wind knockout of us.
In these moments I am drawn by the Spirit, as well as the wise counsel of those whom I have chosen to surround my self with, to the Word of God. But unlike the days when I convince myself that all is well I hunger for the Word, I listen to the voice of God with greater urgency and clarity.
Even familiar passages take on fresh meaning:
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. 8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
Proverbs 3:5-8 (NIV)
1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.
John 14:1 (NIV)
In the Word of God I find hope, and promise. In the Word of God I find solace and forgiveness. In the Word of God I find life and purpose.
As a Christian who’s hope is not in the inner strength of will or purpose, who’s hope is not in people and position, but who’s hope is solid in the strong grip of a Risen Savior you can believe me when I say, “When hope is all you have….. you have all you need!”
4 Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; 5 guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm 25:4-5 (NIV)