Day 12 | Claire Backus

Psalm 22 reaches out and grabs me from the beginning. I am reading from an ESV Bible and the heading for this psalm reads “Why have you forsaken me?” This grabs me and pulls me in because I believe most
people have a moment in time when they do not believe that God is present in their life. I know that
there has been a few times in my life when I felt that God did not care that I was drowning in stress and
anxiety. I’m not sure how many of you know this, because I do not like to talk about it often, but I was
diagnosed with ADD in the fourth grade. I have struggled with it on a daily basis. It is the main reason
that, at 27, I am still in school. This song speaks to me. It resonates into the parts of me I try to hide,
even from myself. The first two verses say,
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest.”
I feel like these words resonate with those who feel that He is far away and uncaring. I love how this psalm ends though. It is as if a switch has been flipped. All of a sudden the writer finds the strength to turn to God and ask for help. It is a reminder that after we process the pain, we must remember that God is always there we only need turn and call him. When we get out of ourselves and our feelings and open our hearts to God, all things work together for His good.

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