18 But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. 19He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famine. (Psalm 33:18-19) NLT
I have never experienced a famine. The pictures we see of those who are in the midst of it and living in a society where it is the norm make me want to cry. I want to send them all food out of my abundance. I feel compassion for these people with all my heart.
Looking back over my life, there is a time I can picture my soul looking exactly like the people we see living in a country that knows nothing but famine, people who are starving—it was emaciated and near death from lack of spiritual food. I believe it is referred to as the dark night of the soul. The sadness and depression were weighing me down and eating at my insides. I had no hope. At that time, there was nothing of God in my life. I knew who God was in my head but did not yet have the heart knowledge of Him. I cried out to him and His hand reached down and found me in my pit. I grabbed tight when He called my name. It was as if He said, “Baby girl, enough of doing life your way.” I had lived in that land of famine for so long I didn’t even know a different way. He showed me what I was missing most–I was missing the bread of life (John 6:35 – Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.) I was starving because I was missing the only food that truly feeds my soul—the Word of God. Jesus rescued me from death.
20 We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. 21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. 22 Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.
Heavenly Father–Every day I need to rely on your unfailing love. It is what fills me, sustains me, lifts me when I begin to feel defeated, and gives my heart a reason to rejoice. My hope is in you alone, Lord. Your well never runs dry. My neediness is never too much for you. Thank you for breathing life into my soul. In Jesus name, Amen