When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:19 NIVPetey and Benji were on the run together in Tennessee. They wandered the mountains running loose and eventually found shelter in a Nursing Home. They became the best of friends and arrangements were made to send them north to an animal shelter for help finding a home for them.
Travel arrangements were made but closer to the departure date an email was sent out saying Petey had developed “shelter anxiety” and was picking on Benji. They would now have to be separated in the car during transport to avoid conflict. The day arrived for them to leave Tennessee and it seemed Petey was back to his normal, loving self. They were all kisses and forever friends.
Unknown places and situations can cause anxiety in all of us and we can take it out on those we love. Instead of seeking help from our closest friends or loved ones, they are the ones we choose to pick on in our anxiety. Our scripture today says that when we are anxious, God’s consolation brings us joy. Consolation is defined as comfort received by a person after a loss or disappointment. God is our consolation, providing comfort in our times of stress.
If you find yourself in a situation or place causing you anxiety, run to God. Psalm 18:2 tells us, “The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.” He is able to deliver you from all your fears and worry but if he doesn’t, he is your consolation and comfort. God will be right there with you and beside you in the situation. Together you will walk through the valley and climb the mountains. He will be your shelter.