My favourite parking space at our Church is both near the main door and shady. The only problem is that it is a tiny cubby-hole of a space, sandwiched between a tree and the concrete verge. As one approaches it, it doesn’t seem big enough to take a car.
I know that my little Chevrolet Spark fits in the parking. Although to all outward appearances the space is not large enough, I drive reasonable confidently into it. My faith that my car can fit is based on previous experience. I use that parking as often as I can. Unfortunately, mine is not the only small car among the church congregation and sometimes another small car gets there first.
Sometimes we are overwhelmed by the way things appear. We are confined by the present, the way we interpret what is going on around us right now. This is the human condition. When we are in a dark place we can’t see out of it. We can’t see any hope. This was David’s situation in Psalm 77.
“I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me.2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands,
and I would not be comforted.” (verses 1-2)
Then David dredged up His experience of God.
“Then I thought, ‘To this I will appeal: the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.12 I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.’”(verses 10-12)
This reflection of his past experience of God gave David enough hope and faith to be able to trust God in his present circumstances and be able to proclaim, “13 Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God?14 You are the God who performs miracles;
you display your power among the peoples.(verses 13-14 NIV)
If I look back on my life, there are definitely times when I know without a doubt that the Lord did something wonderful when the circumstances looked bleak. If I make a list of these moments which are covered in God’s fingerprints, I know that I can trust Him to look after me in future times of despair.
Lord Jesus, You never promised that life would be easy, only that You would be with me in the struggle and pain that are part of life. In times of distress, please help me to remember times of Your faithfulness and provision. When I am too weak to pray, please pray for me. Amen.