For those of you who don’t know my dad was diagnosed with lymphoma in July of 2017. And I left for my study abroad in South Korea in August.
The Lord has been really faithful through the journey with my dad and the struggles I had with getting my study abroad figured out. I guess I still didn’t realize how hard it was going to be some days.
Today is the day that I think it really hit me that my dad has cancer and I’m in a completely different country. It’s heartbreaking being so far away from everything I know. Yes, I have made new friends and I have been extremely blessed by getting to be in Korea and take in all the sights. But it is also very lonely.
I don’t know if you have ever experienced being surrounded by people and still feel utterly alone. It’s not a great feeling.
But it is a great learning experience.
The Lord has put on my heart Psalm 18 for about 9 months now. It is a great chapter in Psalm but to understand the context of chapter 18 you should read Psalm 17. Psalm 17 is a prayer from David asking for God’s intervention. David is calling upon God because he knows that God will answer him (vs 6). David’s enemies have tracked him down and have surrounded him (vs 11). He is asking God to rescue him and to “bring them down” (vs 13).
Chapter 18 is spectacular. It starts off by David praising God. David says “I love you Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, for fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,” (vs 1-3a).
And then we get a beautiful picture about how God came to David’s rescue.
And verses 16-19 are probably my favorite in the chapter. They say “He (God) reached down from on high and took hold one me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.”
Isn’t that awesome?
It is a great comfort knowing that all I have to do is call out and the Lord will come to me with a force that will drive out all fear, doubt, and loneliness.
So, I urge you in the times where life seems like too much please, lean in.
Lean into the God who will come to your rescue when you need Him most. Lean in to the God that delights in you. He’s so faithful and He loves you so much.