“When I had great trouble I always went to God and was wondrously carried through; but in my little trials I used to try to manage them myself, and often most signally failed.” (Frances Havergal, 1836-1879)
“When my heart is overwhelmed: When the huge waves of trouble wash over me, and I am completely submerged — not only as to my head, but also my heart…It is hard to pray when the very heart is drowning; yet gracious men plead best at such times.
Tribulation brings us to God, and brings God to us.
Faith’s greatest triumphs are achieved in her heaviest trials.…our prayer by reason of our distress may be likened to a call upon a far off friend, but our inmost faith has its quiet heart whispers to the Lord as to one who is assuredly our very present help.” (The Treasury of David, C. H. Spurgeon)
Father, don’t let us stray off into pitiful self-reliance. Give us hearts that call to you! We want to remember — both when submerging waves of great trouble overwhelm us and when we’re tempted to try and manage littler trials without You — that we desperately need you. Be our very present Help! Lead us to you! Carry us wondrously through! Soften our hearts so that, whether faced with little or heavy trials, we immediately say:
“…when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” (Psalm 61:2)
Sketch: Man Praying, Vincent Van Gogh, 1883