Psalm 118:5-6: “When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

When booking a flight I always try to get an aisle seat. Without having to climb over several people’s legs it is much easier to get out of the seat. I guess I am a bit claustrophobic. Claustrophobia is an irrational fear. It is unlikely that a small, stuffy room poses any mortal danger and yet, this is exactly how a claustrophobic person feels – threatened to be running out of space, air, and time.

Tight places

Overdue bills can have a claustrophobic effect on us. When we don’t know where to go and what to do to pay our next bills, then we are financially in a tight place.

Tight places

What can people do to us? A whole lot! People can uplift us, encourage us, but they can also mislead us, shame us and even destroy us. Bullies can pin us to a corner and we feel that there is no escape.

Tight places

How do we humanly react to tight places? If in trouble, we instinctively revert to fright or fight. A frightful person goes into hiding. An aggressive person fights back. Neither approach works in tight places. How do we hide in a small stuffy room? And how do we fight back in a trap?

Locked into a tight place we need outside help. It is practically impossible to free ourselves since this is the very nature of tight places. We are stuck! However, there is still one thing we can do – We can cry out.

Even though it does not sound very attractive, crying like a baby is the smartest move in tight places. The key to freedom is prayer. We cry out to God and immediately the tides have turned: We are no longer powerless when we entrust ourselves to the King of kings and Lord of lords.

It is not our smart minds that move the world. Our prayers do. Prayers are by no means our last resort. How often prayers have changed the course of history remains to be seen. God will lead us from tight places to wide open spaces. As we are waiting on Him He blesses us with His peace that surpasses all understanding.

“Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace deep peace” – Irish Blessing

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