Are You In The Shredder?

The Shredder

As I prayed about what to share with you today, my thoughts turned to a bit of work I did last weekend. About once a month, I sit down on the floor of my home office and spend time shredding bills and other documents that are too sensitive for just tossing into the regular garbage. Saturday was the day I did that, and it offered a vivid object lesson that I want to share with you.

You see, I had already spent time earlier in the day with Jesus. Part of that sweet time is spent in prayer….praying for others, as well as myself. Recently, my prayer list seems especially heavy with hurting hearts and lives. Cancer and other life threatening diagnoses, marriages ripped apart, upcoming medical tests, financial difficulties, confusion, anxiety and so much more. It seems that  lives and hearts are shredded at a faster and more vicious rate than ever before. Dreams and hearts torn to shreds, unrecognizable and without hope of ever experiencing the normal of their previous life.

A verse came to mind as I thought about the viciousness of life here on this fallen, spinning orb.

You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?

Psalm 56:8 (ESV)

God sees the pain that each person experiences. He not only sees it, He experiences it. His heart is moved by it so much so that He collects our tears and places them in a bottle. Imagine it! He also records them in His book. He is intimately involved in what is going on with you and me, as believers in Jesus. There is more good news.

Ah, Lord GOD! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you. Jeremiah 32:17 (ESV)

God not only sees and knows our pain and heartache, He is abundantly able to do something with it and about it. Nothing is too hard for Him! Your situation is not the ONE DISASTER that God cannot take and make beauty from its ashes. God is able to work in every single prayer need on my prayer list, and to do it to perfection. But…..we must……

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

When life runs you and me through the shredder, we must trust God in all things. We must trust that He knew about the trials and allowed them for a reason. We must trust that He is walking with us through them, and has a plan that is for our good. We must not allow our eyes to focus on the trial, but rather on Jesus. If we try to understand our trials from a human perspective, we will be toast! God’s ways often do not make sense from a human perspective. Here is a formula for finding peace in the midst of a shredding.

Eyes on Jesus + heart trusting in God = Peace in the midst of life’s shredder

 

Friends, I hope these words that I have tapped out this morning offer you a bit of perspective and hope. As with most everything the Lord gives me to write, these words are as much, or more, for me as they are for you. Are you in the middle of a shredding season? Would you be willing to leave a comment letting me know about it? I would be happy to pray for you.

Leah Adams

Although I asked Jesus to come into my heart at the age of 15, I describe myself as the “prodigal son’s sister” after spending several years walking far from the Lord in my twenties. Helping others understand the grace that is offered by Jesus to anyone who will accept it is the passion of my heart. In a works-based and failure-prone society, grace is a concept that many people have difficulty grasping and my speaking and writing ministry seeks to point others straight to Jesus and his amazing grace. I live in northern Georgia with my husband, Greg, who is also my dentist. I hold a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Mercer University School of Pharmacy. I am also a CLASS certified speaker and the author of one devotional book and three Bible studies. Please visit me at LeahAdams.org.

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11 Comments

  1. awesome devotion

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    • Thank you, Denise. Hope you are doing well. We have missed you at the Cafe’.

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    • Shred it because I have allowed things to happen I’m very confused at what I’m doing in my life at 62 and the time I’m a mess but getting very forgetful and I lost my debit card twice and I forgot to let the toll road people now and they said your statement every two months this is just adding to my madness they want me to pay him $8,000 and even have $100 I just totally forgot I’ve lost 3 phones I lost my time card and having a hard time focusing because I’m so messed up right now so if you could pray for me that would be great I have to talk to them today

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      • Diane, I am so sorry you are going through such a difficult time. Praying the Lord is very close to you in these days.

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  2. Oh how I feel like the shredder at times! Wonderful devotion, thank not you!

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  3. Sorry, that should have been thank you, lol.

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    • So glad it ministered to you, Carolyn.

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  4. I too am overwhelmed by the sheer number of people who are struggling, hurting, and broken. Thank you for putting words to what so many feel and for giving us the reminder that God is still in control, still good, and fully trustworthy.
    much love to you!
    K

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    • Oh Kris, the struggle is real! And I am not being flippant. The enemy is seeking to shove as many as possible into the Shredder. God is still in control. He is still good and right and trustworthy! Thank you for your sweet, encouraging presence in this place.

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  5. Yes, feeling pretty shredded. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel! (And it’s not an oncoming train–it’s Jesus!)
    This spring has been full of emotional turmoil as my mother had serious health issues and our youngest daughter’s antidepressant medication suddenly started causing panic attacks–but in both cases, it took several weeks and many discussions with doctors to get things figured out. We are on the road to recovery, but in baby steps. It has made me very appreciative of days with no crises!

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    • Oh Shauna, it does sound like the shredder is running at full speed in your life right now. I’m so thankful that you can see that the light at the end of the tunnel is Jesus. Bless you for blessing us with your comment.

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