Finding solid ground

A verse from the Bible’s book of Psalms steadies me: “He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along” (40:2, New Living Translation). These powerful visual images always help me understand what feeling “grounded” truly means. 

Some may associate being grounded with being firmly anchored to a dependable friend or relative, a home or church family, a stable career or volunteer work, or a stable natural environment. Our comfort may rest in these things. However, much of humanity is feeling uprooted and experiencing instability. Perhaps a family is being torn apart by divorce or addiction, or a loved one has passed on. People may be struggling with homelessness, or having to move around because of climatic or economic conditions. Perhaps sickness or loneliness prevents someone from engaging in normal activities. 

It’s heartening to know that, whatever our circumstances at the moment, we can reach out and find a present, anchoring comfort in our Father-Mother God. The great Caregiver and dependable healing presence has saved and healed many from Bible times to today. This healing presence, God, divine Spirit, is here now encircling you, helping you to find, to recognize, solid ground, including health and a stable purpose. And because we are God’s own children, made in His image and likeness, we reflect Him and are spiritual. This fact buoys us when we feel vulnerable and tossed around by material circumstances beyond our control. 

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October 7, 2019

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