When your world is suddenly turned upside down, remember, God's plans for your life haven't been cancelled! When you feel trapped with no way out, here are some things to remember:
1) Look for the river. 'There is a river whose streams make glad… ' (Psalm 46:4 NIV). In Old Testament symbolism, rivers represent God's supply for your every need. When every human source of supply seems to have dried up, don't fear, look for the river.
2) Look for the city. God has planted His 'city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells' (Psalm 46:4 NIV), right in the middle of your circumstances. God's city, the symbol of His presence and power, guarantees He's still in control and that He will restore peace and order to your troubled world.
3) Look for the signs of God's presence. 'God will help [you] at break of day' (Psalm 46:5 NIV). Daybreak, a symbol of new beginnings, gives you confidence that beyond this time of trouble and testing, a new day is at hand. 'Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning' (Lamentations 3:23 NLT).
4) 'Come… see the works of the Lord… ' (Psalm 46:8 NIV). Reviewing the record of His mighty acts builds your faith and reminds you that He is the 'same yesterday and today and forever' (Hebrews 13:8 NIV). If He took care of you then, He will take care of you now.
5) Look to God and be at peace. Based on the tested and proven foundation of His power and faithfulness, you can live by the Scripture, 'Be still, and know that I am God… ' (Psalm 46:10 NIV).