Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.
Overwhelming feelings rise up within us when we face difficult experiences: relational conflict, chronic illness, failure, job loss, and rejection to name a few. When a big problem presents itself, it is tempting to curl into a ball and allow worry to consume us mentally and physically. What will I do?
The verse above reminds us that we can bring our raging emotions and hearts to God and pour them out like water before Him. Just as Mary poured her tears and expensive perfume over Jesus’ feet, we can bring our tender, innermost thoughts and vulnerable selves to Him. An action plan or cleaned up act are not required before coming to God.
He is our safe place. He invites us to barge in and interrupt Him at any time. As you read the Gospels, pay attention to how often Jesus looked up to heaven and spent time in prayer. He intentionally focused His attention on the God of peace and life, and gently invited each of us to confidently do the same.
He [Jesus] looks up to heaven to fix his attention on his Father’s loving face. He is orienting himself to what is most true in the world—not the impossibly inadequate resources.