At the age of two, my son was diagnosed with a life-threatening peanut allergy. Shortly thereafter, a child at the playground flaunted his nut-filled treat, causing my son to obsess over what he couldn’t have. In that downward spiral, neither the snacks I offered nor my love were enough to console him.
Barren for years, Hannah became distraught when her rival, Peninnah, flaunted her fertility. In Hannah’s anguish, neither a double portion of what her husband sacrificed nor his love were enough to console her. Instead, she poured out her soul to God. Yes, God did eventually grant her a son. But what’s equally remarkable is he immediately granted her peace.
In the midst of our own distress, we, too, can pour out our soul to God. Turning to him always brings immediate peace.
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