I was cleaning the kitchen the other day when I noticed something strange. As I sorted through the freezer I found a bag of spinach sitting on the top shelf. Spinach in the freezer. Wrapped up tightly with a little clip and everything. I looked at it for a few seconds and wondered if I was seeing things. It looked almost like it was meant to be there. Stacked directly next to the frozen fruit. Spinach in the freezer. That’s not really a thing. As long as I have been eating, I do not think that people freeze their salads. In fact I’m quite sure that will ruin the greens completely. As I continued cleaning, I wondered how the spinach got there in the first place. I have no recollection of putting it there myself but, because it is placed next to the frozen fruit, I can surmise it was put away after making a smoothie. That’s my best guess.
If I’m being completely honest, I’m not overly surprised I might have made this mistake. Spinach in the freezer actually represents how my mind and emotions have been feeling lately. Confused, out of place, maybe even lost. The world seems to be spinning faster and faster each day. Uncertainties are commonplace and truth seems to be just out of our reach. I feel overwhelmed, disoriented, almost numb. Obviously I must be distracted if I don’t even remember putting spinach in the freezer. It is at times like these where we can easily become discouraged, depressed, or anxious. It would make sense if feelings of despair crept in and began to take over. It is now when we need Jesus more than ever.
2 Corinthians 4:8 boldly states “we are afflicted in every way but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” When I read that I am reminded that God is bigger than all that is swirling around me. Although I feel overwhelmed, almost lost, I know God is in this big mess with me, and you. So friends, if today you feel down, disheartened, close to despair. Remember that God is still alive.
He is still good.
He is still kind.
He is still God.
God is with you and for you and He promises to walk with us in every trial we face. My prayer for you today is that deep in your heart, in the place that hurts, you would be reminded that God has got you in His loving arms, and He will never let go. In the times that feel dark, confusing, and lonely, God is with you. In the times that feel unsafe, unfair, and unjust, God is with you. Call on Him today and allow Him to sooth the very depths of your soul, knowing that we may feel:
Afflicted, but not crushed;
Persecuted, but not forsaken;
Struck down, but not destroyed.
- What heavy feelings are you carrying? Can you name them?
- Speak them out loud as if you are giving them away to Jesus.
- Pray that God would take these feelings and replace them with feelings of peace, joy, love that only comes from Him.