Keep me as the apple of your eye,

hide me in the shadow of your wings.

Psalm 17: 8


There are times when my primary need is to be taken care of, and I am not talking about days when I am physically ill with colds and the flu and such. I am talking about days when my heart is heavy, my feet are made of cement, and dread is my middle name. These are the times when strength is defined by drawing breath and where courage is counted by opening the front door and maybe looking out. These are not attractive, engaging, or pleasant times. Certainly no one wants to be around me when I am like this; that is, no one except God. I think that it must have been a day like this that prompted David to cry out to the Lord with these words.


During days of extreme uncertainty and doubt, we need a sure thing, and the one real and true sure thing in this life is the love and the protection that God has given to me. It has never failed, and it has never diminished. God looks on every one of His children, each of us, as a total delight for His eyes. Even in our worst moments and through our deepest personal crises and times of failure, He desires to be with us. When the need is greatest, God gives the most. He always gives me more than I require.


During some of these hours of trouble and distress, the thing that I need most is rest. I crave a brief opportunity to stop using my energy reserves and a chance to regain my balance. God understands this, too; so, He seems to just cover me with his arms of protection and comfort. I can stop worrying, slow down, and listen to His reassuring and reaffirming words of love and compassion. As my strength begins to be restored, the Lord always starts to share words of truth and of wisdom. He gives me the insight that I need to step back out into life and to successfully engage my struggles. There will be days when asking God for shelter is the wisest thing that we can do. There are times when we need to listen while the Lord tells us about our worth and value to Him. When we are experiencing our most challenging moments, the strongest and the bravest thing that we can do is ask God to meet these needs.