by Tony Nester

When Our Hearts Are in Turmoil
Tony R. Nester
Psalms 94:18-19

What are we to do when our hearts are in turmoil?

There you are making your way through the week when you boss hands you the pink slip and you can't hear anything past the words, "This is your last day; we've cut your position."

Or the phone rings and you hear the awful news that a loved has been hurt in an accident.

The results come back from the lab and your doctor says, "We need to talk - there's something wrong."

The grades are posted and your worst fear is confirmed - you failed the test.

Your open your mail and read the bad news - someone else got the position you for which you had applied.

Every week people in this church have their hearts thrown into turmoil. Sitting among us today are some who are wondering how they are going to hang on to faith and hope. What are we to say to them?

We'll give them the words of Psalm 94:18-19.

(Psalms 94:18-19 NRSV) "When I thought, "My foot is slipping," your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up. {19} When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul."

The Psalmist wrote about a near disaster in his life. He described it as a time when his feet went out from under him. "My foot was slipping, I couldn't catch hold of anything; my heart was in turmoil as I began to fall helplessly to my doom."

A few years ago I took up an offer from friends to go skiing. I was 47 years old and had never been on skis. It was an exhilarating and frustrating experience. Beginners learn to keep on the trails marked green. Blues are steeper, and Blacks more challenging yet. I grew very fond of the color green.

On my third ski trip one of my ski friends talked me into trying my first Blue. The moment I started down I knew it was a mistake. The incline was far too steep. When I looked at the downward slope my stomach turned inside out. After falling several times I found my reflexes shutting down, my muscles exhausted, and m ...

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