Last week I had a situation pop up that caught me off guard. Truth is, I panicked. Honest truth? I freaked right out.
Instantly I began venting to God, which in theory is good, except, my vent was not uplifting. I was Debbie-downer-ville dwelling on the negative.
I began listing all the ways in which this situation had the upper hand.
This is going to have…
I’m starting to believe…
I feel like it’s…
I doubt there will ever be…
Suddenly something I had read that morning floated through my mind:
“In danger, David did what he always did: he poured out his fears to God and prayed for help.”
I could have easily used this sentence to build a case around why it’s good to vent to God – See, even David had a big ol’ vent fest – but rather than trying to justify my behaviour, I felt challenged to read how David vented… cause there’s definitely a difference.
“You are my strength, I watch for you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.
But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.
You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.” -based on Psalm 59
See what David does?
He doesn’t list the specifics of his circumstance; he list’s the specifics of his God.
A God on whom he can rely.
Because no matter what your circumstances and feelings are telling you or leading you to believe, your God has and will always have the upper hand. Now THAT’s something to “vent” about.