I guess one might say, "We have had a hot summer!" Not only have the temperatures exceeded 100 degrees, but the monsoons have hit hard as well. The high humidity, the mugginess and the heat have left most of us drained of energy (and some of us a tad bit irritable).
We have been lethargic and have stayed indoors under the air conditioning whenever possible, which in itself will help us to have a better outlook on daily life.
I can't help but think that what we feel physically, we often feel spiritually - drained of energy and strength because our outward circumstances are less than ideal.
There is no question that the psalmist David felt the same way.
He cried out in despair, "O my soul, why are you cast down, and why are you disquieted within me?" (Psalm 42:5).
David reminded me of the woman in the Calgon commercial some years ago. The woman, obviously hassled by the events of the day, cries out, "Calgon, take me away!"
Trust me, a bubble bath may soothe a few aching muscles, but it will never take away the trials of life that often plague us. Those we must deal with, or they can get the best of us.
When David cried out in despair, he ended his frustration by saying, "Hope in God. For I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God" (Psalm 42:11).
In other words, there is nothing that calms our doubts, fears and frustrations like the presence and power of God.
There have been times in my life when I have experienced frustration beyond words to describe it, and times when I was overcome by fear.
There have been times when I sought peace.
It is when I read the words of Jesus that I truly understand that nothing this world offers will give lasting peace except Christ alone; nor can anyone give us strength except the One who is our strength.
Jesus told His followers, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid"(John 14:27).
The psalmist also wrote, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in the time of trouble" (Psalm 46:1).
It's more than comforting to know that God is present as One we can run to, and even hide in, when life overwhelms us.
May each of us experience in our own life the words of the apostle Peter who wrote, "Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you" (I Peter 5:7).