Capable Hands

But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord, I say, 'You are my God.' My times are in Your hand. Psalm 31:14-15a (NASB)

It was a beautiful, sunny September morning. While it appeared that all was well with the world, my world had just been turned upside down. The evening before this beautiful morning we had received word that my husband's mom had passed away. My heart was broken for him.

As I made preparations to travel to Mom's funeral I was interrupted by the phone. My uncle was on the other end urging me to put on the news. Terrorists had just slammed a jet into one of the Twin Towers in New York and as I watched in horror they struck the second tower. I fell to my knees and begged God to help those involved in the crisis.

The days that followed Mom's death and the terrorist attacks were unspeakably hard. I found it difficult to form my thoughts into prayers so I turned to my favorite book of the Bible, the Psalms. As I read the heart-felt prayers King David and others wrote I found myself eagerly expressing the pain in my heart. I began to feel I was not alone in my sorrow. God was with me.

When I came to Psalm 31:14-15a I stopped and pondered King David's words. He was in a dreadful situation but he trusted God. He said, "But as for me, I trust in You...my times are in your hand." David trusted God because he knew God was in control. As I reflected on my personal world being disrupted by tremendous sorrow I realized my times were in God's hands and I could trust His inexplicably sovereign ways.

That week in September was heart-wrenching but God provided peace and strength to get through it. I learned that even if my world is turned upside down I can trust God and know that I am never alone, for He holds me and my situation in His capable hands.

Heavenly Father, thank you for being sovereign, merciful and good. When trials and sorrow are multiplied in our lives, help us to remember your grace and strength are, too. No matter what comes our way, our times are safely in your hands. Thank you for never leaving or forsaking us. Amen.