Despair or Gladness?

Psalms 116: 1-7:  How easy it is to be overcome with depression, feelings of insecurity, and fear. These are not the ways of the Lord. When we trust in God, we find ourselves overcoming obstacles. We find more strength. We find a renewed sense of peace. I so not know how many times I have found myself feeling despair as if there is no hope.  But then I see a sign of God, as you may guess my favorite signs of God is the little yellow birds, sparrows, cardinals, or blue jays. But the flowers of the field are also signs of God.  The sunshine, how is it that we miss them?  How do we allow ourselves to feel overwhelmed with feelings of despair? Is it because we are selfish? Or is it we lose our sight? Are we overwhelmed by the tasks at hand?  To me it seems like a million things. But as easy as it is to start to feel despair, it is just that easy to turn to the Lord. It is that easy to remember that God is always there. God is by our sides. Jeremiah 29:11 states that he wants to prosper us.  The Psalms teach us that he wants us to have peace. Jesus teaches us that he will never leave us or forsake us. Since God is truth, then it must be that we have given in to some sort of lie.

I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
    he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
    I will call on him as long as I live.

The cords of death entangled me,
    the anguish of the grave came over me;
    I was overcome by distress and sorrow.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
    Lord, save me!”

The Lord is gracious and righteous;
    our God is full of compassion.
The Lord protects the unwary;
    when I was brought low, he saved me.

Return to your rest, my soul,
    for the Lord has been good to you.

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