Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and a horrible dread has overwhelmed me. And I said: ‘O that I had wings like a dove, for then would I fly away and be at rest.' (Psalm 55:5&6)
Even if you have a strong faith and feel close to God, there can be times when you just want to escape from your problems. The psalmist, David, felt like that here. We can too, particularly if a friend or loved one has hurt us. It is normal; it is natural. But we can never fly away from God’s presence; he is always near. A few verses later, David says, “In the evening and morning and at noonday I will pray and make my supplication, and he shall hear my voice.” Speak to God; he will hear you. He cares.
Lord, in all times of fear and dread, grant that we may so cast our burdens upon you, that you may bear us on the holy wings of the Spirit to the stronghold of your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.