15 But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger and abundant in loving kindness and truth.
16 Turn to me, and be gracious to me;
Oh grant Your strength to Your servant,
And save the son of Your handmaid.
17 Show me a sign for good,
That those who hate me may see it and be ashamed,
Because You, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me.
There are just some moments that need a blanket. You know the kind of moment I’m talking about? Maybe the weather is gray and drizzly. There is a chill in the air. Or perhaps there is a sorrow that just relentlessly weighs down the spirit.
All you want is a blanket. Something soft and gentle that embraces the rough edges of life and smooths them for a moment. You just need warmth and comfort. It’s a need for a soothing presence.
I’ve had some of these days lately. All I want is to burrow, like a rabbit into its nest. I want to swaddle myself in mounds of blankets, propped against all the fluffy pillows, and hugging a heavy mug of anything that will radiate gentle coziness. Life has just been heavy, laden with emotions, burdened by worries, and bogged down by a to do list that won’t quit.
But life won’t quit either. And you can’t walk around in a blanket all the time. Well, I guess you could but it would get awkward – not that I would know that from experience or anything… but I digress.
When life won’t afford you the ability to burrow in your blankets, where do you turn? For me it’s often to music. I can pop in the ear buds and get carried away by hymns, worship songs, a soundtrack, instrumentals, or the moody teen’s playlist. Other times, it’s scriptures – usually the Psalms – that fully express all the emotions of the day. Is there a more diverse collection of feelings than the Psalms? In one breath the psalmist is buoyed by praise, wonder, and awe for all that God is and has created. The next, he is praying for Heaven to restore his crushed spirit or redeem his very being from Sheol.
I guess I take comfort in the Psalms on blanket days because I know it’s ok. Embracing all those emotions and being stymied by everyday life is ok. It’s perfectly acceptable because we serve the God who created all those emotions and will love us in spite of how we manage and respond to them.
We have the best “Blanket” available.
Bonus (and my personal favorite) 2 Corinthians 1:3-7