Afraid of the Daily Task?

Read: Psalm 139:1-10

And I said, Oh, that I had wings like a dove! For then would I fly away and be at rest.  Psalm 55:6

Did you ever feel like running away…away from the burdensome tasks of the day, away from the monotonous grind of a drab routine, away from the heavy responsibilities which seem to hang like threatening clouds across the dawn of each new day?

King David felt that way. When he saw great and living problems piling up like thunderclouds on the horizon, he exclaimed, “Oh, that I had wings to fly like a dove! For then I would fly away and be at rest.” He wanted to run away from everything. But David soon found that he could not run away from anything! He could not run away from himself, his conscience, or his God.

David could not find rest by running away. Neither can we. We must find our happiness where we are. That is God’s will. No matter what our particular task…be it of a mother wearing herself out for her children or of a father who works from early morning till late at night to earn a livelihood for his family…we must remember it is the task which God has given us. And that is all we need to know.

He has promised to give His angels charge over us to keep us in all our ways. Let us then “stay on our way” and keep our rendezvous with His angels. They will be with us in every path of duty. Whatever we do, let us do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men. In such service there is joy and great reward.

There will still be problems to be faced…crosses to be borne. Our Lord has promised us no exemptions from the burdens of this life. But He has told us what to do with every burden we must bear. We are to run to Him! The Christian poet has put it well:

Whither, oh, whither should I fly But to my loving Savior’s breast?
Secure within thine arms to lie And safe beneath Thy wings to rest.

On the wings of prayer we can take all our troubles to our Lord and Savior whose heart is always open to our pleas.


How has prayer helped you? How does your personal prayer time and communal prayer time in worship inform and feed you? Look for more stories of prayer in next week’s Monday Meditation.