E-votional - What A Relationship
January 18, 2002

"I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure."

Isaiah 40:1-2 (NRSV)


    Pits, holes, the sloppy and sloth-some effects of mud, along with the tangling effects of briar and thicket, they trap us, they slow us down, and unfortunately, they cause us to focus on our feet rather than our direction or path. Both physically and emotionally, these situations trap us, they cause us to feel as though we are alone.

   Hear the Good News, when we feel trapped or worn down, we need to remember that God is there to help us as we stumble through the rougher times of life. Depression and hopelessness at one time or another hit all of us. This state can happen when we least expect it, and these words from Isaiah offer us a reminder of God's graceful presence and assistance to us. A Lover of souls, God deals with more than our physical needs. He has proven time and time again in our life that He will reach out to us when we are in physical need. Likewise, as we find ourselves swamped emotionally, "He [will] put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD. " If ever there was good news to be heard, it comes to us from this Isaiah passage. What more could we ask for from a relationship?


   Gracious Father, You take me from the depths of Sheol, place my feel upon solid ground and give me a new song in my heart. I am so blest to have Your ear, and for that I give You my heart. Help me to remember Your presence when things get rough or murky and secure my faith when in doubt. Thank You for all that You have done in my life and all You will continue to do, for I ask this through Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.