“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit”. Psalm 34:17-18 NIV
Mallory has always watched television since she was a puppy. The only problem is she does not approve of other animals appearing in shows or commercials. Mallory does not even like Mickey Mouse. She goes crazy and jumps up and down, barking until the creature is gone from the screen. She has even broken one television. Needless to say. the new television is hung higher.
The other dogs (except Seneca) act the same way when people and dogs pass their house. Delivery people of all types drive them crazy and the barking is non-stop till the threat has passed.
Miranda Lambert has a song called Momma’s Broken Heart. One of the lines in it is, “Hide your crazy and start actin’ like a lady”. This is her mother’s advice to her after she goes off the deep end after a break-up. She is told to, “line her lips and keep ’em closed”, “never let ’em see you cry”, and “gotta keep it together even when you fall apart”. It sounds like good advice from a well-meaning momma.
Thankfully, God does not expect us to always hold it together, never ask him questions, or to hold in our tears and heartaches. We expect that of ourselves sometimes or we do not think we are handling our emotions in the “Christian” way.
God tells us to call on him in times of trouble. Our verse from Psalm 34 states that God is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 56:8 tells us that, “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book”.
Psalm 139:1-4 puts it this way, “You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.
Whatever you are going through today; you do not have to hide your crazy from God. He sees you just as you are and created you in his image. He longs for you to share your troubles with him so that he can deliver you from them. Be transparent in his sight and watch your crazy turn to faith in the God who knows, hears, and loves you!