The Israelites experienced emotional problems during their captivity in Babylon. Not only had they been taken captive but they had been carried to a foreign land and emotionally tormented. At the time of writing Psalm 137, the exiles were in extreme grief as their captors made them play songs they used to sing in the temple of Zion. These were songs appointed by God to be sung only in His service. The songs brought out sadness because they remembered friends who died when Jerusalem was destroyed by the heartless Babylonians.
In life, we all go through circumstances that are difficult. We go through times when it’s hard to focus on our relationship with the Lord because our circumstances are consuming our thoughts. Somehow we must lift ourselves up to overcome and hearing stories of others that have overcome can be inspirational.
I once saw a video about an armless carpenter from Ethiopia. He learned how to use his feet for everything; including sawing and nailing wood together. Another great story is the one about Nick Vujicic who was born without all four limbs. He struggled mentally and emotionally as well as physically, but eventually came to terms with his disability and at the age of seventeen, started his own non-profit organization call “Life Without Limbs”.
This day with God will be amazing because the gladness He brings washes away every disappointment, the joy He brings dissolves every sorrow, and His love eases every pain. Is there a difficult situation you are going through? Put it on your prayer list. Lay out your concerns. If you need a miracle, ask for it; leave it to God to provide what is needed to get out of the bad circumstance.
- No Arms, No Legs, No Worries: Unstoppable Nick Vujicic (lifebydmagdalene.wordpress.com)
- Refreshments along the Rivers of Babylon (differentwithadifference.wordpress.com)
- mentor #1: Nick Vujicic (healdaworld3.wordpress.com)
- Nick Vujicic: Triumph over Adversity (inkimprint.wordpress.com)
- download nick vujicic video (bethesamul.wordpress.com)
- Joy Theif – Re-blog (mastellera.wordpress.com)