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 reserve an aisle seat. Without having to climb over several legs it is much easier to get out. But I must admit that I am also 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 I feel – like I’m suffocating.

Tight places

Overdue bills can have a claustrophobic effect on us. We are financially at a dead end when we don’t know where to go and what to do to pay our next bills.

Tight places

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

Tight places

How do we humanly react to tight places? If in trouble, we instinctively revert to flight or fight. We either run or we fight back. However, neither approach works in tight places. How do we run away when we are caught in a trap? How do we fight back when we are at a dead end?

Trapped in sinking sand we need outside help. It is practically impossible to free ourselves once we are stuck. Except, there is still one thing we still 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 turn in our favor. When we entrust ourselves to the King of kings and Lord of lords we are in capable hands and we are no longer helpless.

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 is unknown. But this much we do know: Waiting on the Lord He blesses us with peace that nobody can explain.

“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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