When It's a Difficult 'Between the Straits' Season, and We're Leaning All Our Weight On the Sky

So many of us--actual people I know (not the royal "us")--are navigating very treacherous waters right now.

If that's you, I have a couple things to share with you, and I'll begin with a Facebook post I wrote earlier about the "between the straits" season:

In the Hebrew calendar, this time of year in the summer is called "between the straits"--i.e. when a ship is trying to sail through a really narrow, dangerous strait. It's marked by a three week period of fasting and it's associated with the difficult seasons of life. This year's "between the straits" ends this Sunday evening, the 14th.
To mark the occasion, I want to share a couple verses for anyone who feels like they are trying to navigate "between the straits." It's been that kind of season for me, I'll admit, but these two verses shed light in the darkness:
1) "Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you" (Psalm 55:22)"; and
2) "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you" (1 Peter 5:6,7).
The second one was one of my mom's favorite verses. On a card she made a note next to the word "cast" and wrote that it means "with energy, with vigor." By this she meant that the Biblical meaning is very active, and the act of casting our cares on God is not passive or lazy or half-hearted. We pour our hearts out into His hands with all the strength we have, even if that strength is so small it feels more like weakness.

David in the Bible knew about these seasons between the straits very well. I often turn to his words during such times. Listen to what Psalm 31:24 has to say about it:

Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the Lord.

I have found that this promise--"He shall strengthen your heart"--comes in the most unexpected ways. He is very creative with His work, and He does His work well. Our only task at the moment is the art of looking up--of leaning with all our weight toward the sky as we put our hope in Him moment by moment.