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“I will exalt You, Lord, for You lifted me out of the depths (…) You turned my wailing into dancing; You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing Your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise You forever.” Psalm 30: 1, 11-12
The local news was on TV a couple of days ago and I watched as a helicopter lifted a man out of a sink hole. Of course, the episode had drawn a crowd and I was drawn to the looks on the faces of the people. Upset turned to hope which turned into concern and, finally, joy. The helicopter crew was meticulous with the rescue and the crowd exuberantly cheered!
Thinking back about three years, I remember another rescue which was quite different. My father (who had no reason to be outside by himself) had taken a walk and fell into an almost dried up drainage ditch. It had been hand dug and wasn’t deep but the fear, pain, and moisture made for a terrifying few hours. His stubbornness had kept him from wearing a notification button and he was alone. Only by the urging of God, my sister stopped to check on him and heard a weak cry. Her husband and a grandson came quickly and using a “hillbilly stretcher” (a wheelbarrow) rescued him.
Being physically rescued is incredible, I’m sure. We’re probably all aware of an accident that someone walked away from, only by a miraculous intervention of God. However, David’s words in Psalm 30 describe times of spiritual and emotional pits; been there, done that! Often, when the clouds darken the sky and I feel like the world is closing in on me, I forget that only God is able to lift me out of the depths! Only He can turn my sackcloth into joy and my wailing into dancing! Then, before I know it, I dig deeper into the depression or dysfunction … aaaarrrrggghhh!
God has NEVER left me alone, NEVER disappointed me, NEVER been unavailable when I called on Him; why do I struggle alone? Sometimes I can be really dumb!
Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society
Hugs +/or ChIPS ©3/05 Eleanor J. Gale-Boone
Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org
About the Author: Eleanor Jean Gale-Boone lives in southern New Jersey. The eldest of six children from a close Christian family (50+ in total; 4 generations / country wide), her husband (Rick), her two children (Ed & Diana), her “in-loves” (Boomer & Alyssa) and her three grandchildren (Mathieu, Emma & Amelia) are her greatest joys in life. Although she suffers from Post Lyme Disease Syndrome, IBS, Fibromyalgia, and Diabetes – she serves God as He calls her, where He calls her, when He calls her – all in His power and strength. Through the power of the Spirit of God, she is learning to live in the calling of God to “be available” for Christian women seeking to find the Joy of the Lord in the midst of life’s circumstances. She is a published writer, an accomplished vocalist, an ordained pastor, a Christian counselor, and maintains an on-line encouragement ministry, “A Sister’s Hugs.” This devotional, ChIPS from El, is distributed through her website and posted to Facebook on the page, A Sister’s Hugs Ministries. At the call of God, she has established Kitchen Table Christian Counseling Services; a counseling service for Christian women struggling with life’s journey. She journey-counsels on-line through Gospel Guidance.com http://www.gospelguidance.com/search?query=gale-boone and face-to-face by appointment out of her home mailto:email@example.com. Feel free to visit http://www.asistershugs.org. God willing, she will soon return to seeking her Master’s Degree in Theology and Counseling.