I call upon You, for You will answer me, O God; incline Your ear to me; hear my words.

Wondrously show Your steadfast love, O Savior of those who seek refuge from their
adversaries at Your right hand.

Psalm 17: 6, 7

Did you ever have a day when all you wanted is for someone to listen; you know, just
hear your concerns and help you do something about them? I certainly have had
them. These are days when troubles, problems, and challenges seem to come
faster than breath, itself. These are days that are populated with difficult
and even with dangerous people; these are the times that truly stretch all of
our best resources beyond the breaking point.

Yet, when I get all stressed out about these sorts of things, I am forgetting the fact
that I already know who is listening. The greatest listening ear and hearing
heart in the universe is with me, and all of my life experience testifies to
the truth of this thought. When I talk to God, He always listens, and He always
responds. So, how do I know that this is true and is not just some form of
self-generated relief from the stress?

When I open my heart to God; when I talk through the issues, concerns, and the
fears that are troubling me, my anxiety level goes down and answers start to
develop. The God-like thing about the answers is that they are frequently very
different from the ones that I might have crafted on my own, and they usually
involve the skills, knowledge, and resources of people who I would not
have considered on my own.

Although
the Lord is concerned with saving us from the things in life that attempt to
crush us, He is far more interested in taking us through the situation and in
making us stronger as the result. The strength of God is often demonstrated
through His people; so, when I have needs, He generally leads me to the
knowledge, the resources, and especially to the loving care of that group of
people that are known as the Body of Christ.