You are asked to come into a meeting and you know it is regarding the upcoming layoff.
You receive letter after letter saying, “Thank you for submitting your application, however…”
You go into the hospital thinking you are saving a life and find out the life that needs saving, is yours.
Your chest tightens and your breath is constricted.
Your mind begins to race and you picture yourself in the grip of a giant anaconda, slowly being squeezed to death.
The more you struggle the tighter the grip of the enemy.
Finally you determine that your fate is sealed and you slowly drift toward your final moments.
What about the dreams?
What will become of the plans?
Will I even live to see my children’s children?
We all find ourselves in the grips of a giant constrictor at some point in our life.
Fortunately, we do have a way out.
It is the same way I have read you escape the death grip of a giant snake.
Though everything inside of you wants to flail and fight.
You must relax.
Such as it is in life as well.
We feel the grip of reality and we begin to determine our survival strategy.
And that is to panic and scream, only causing the enemy to more tightly squeeze.
King David understood the grip of reality more than once in his life.
And for that reason, and because of his previous deliverance, he prayed this prayer in Psalm 25.
“Come, Lord, and show me your mercy, for I am helpless, overwhelmed, in deep distress; my problems go from bad to worse. Oh, save me from them all!”
Toward the end of the chapter he concluded, “Oh, let it never be said that I trusted you in vain.”
David did not trust God in vain.
And neither will you.
You will not die.
You will be delivered from the death grip of all that encompasses you.
You will live to tell of his goodness.
You will speak for many years of his greatness.
You will declare his mercy and his salvation.
You will grow old not in the grip of reality.
You will live long in the grasp of his grace.