In psychiatry residency, I was in the ER, and hospital security called. A guy was in our parking garage and threatening to jump off the 4th level. I ran over, got the info security gathered, then started talking to the depressed man. I worked my way up the garage toward him…he stopped my pursuit with serious threats to jump. I turned to the chief and asked, “When is the big net or pad going to get here, ‘cause I’m not to sure how long he’ll last?” The chief answered, “those nets are just in the movies, there is no safety net.” We are human…and with our humanness come ups and downs. However, God’s promises, love, and presence limits just how far we can go down….protecting you from falling into despair. He is your safety net, but you need to leap in His arms, not away from Him.
Today, keep reminding yourself of these four words; “I am with you.” These words are your safety net. As soon as you realize He is with you and is strong enough to catch you…everything changes. Click here to go to comment how God has been your safety net, or when you have trouble seeing His safety net below… or what God’s revealing in your heart.
Dear Father God,
I feel like I am in a free fall. I have fallen into despair. The people and things I have counted on have all let me down. I have put too much stock in them and not enough in You. Help me Father to remember today and always that You are with me…that I do have a safety net…that I do have a way out of despair and depression. Help me Father to not grasp for idols as my safety nets, for I know they only accelerate my fall. Guide me Father with Your council and take me into Your Glory. I pray in Jesus’ ultimate safety, and all God’s people said – AMEN!
Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.
At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.
2 Timothy 4:16-17