In one of our meandering conversations, the topic of driving on roundabouts came up. We had several stories of circling round and round, being unsure or unable to get off. It was noted that this can be how life can feel for people suffering from depression.
The author of this psalm was obviously someone who had their share of personal difficulties in life, and it occurred to us that, in spite of the centuries that have passed, the human condition so often remains the same. People still whisper, gossip and slander, perhaps even more than ever in our technological age. Unfortunately, such actions have the ability to rip apart groups, organizations and even families, not to mention the victims lapsing into stages of loneliness and depression. The words from the beginning of today’s lesson resound strongly of their situation.
Such circumstances are not only hurtful to the victim, but also to those who care about the victim. Where can we find ways to help? The concluding verses give some clues for us. Look to the Lord. In other words, seek out God in prayer and seek out God’s people for support. Ask if there is something you can do for them. Exiting the roundabout is about clearing traffic and finding the right direction.
Lord, guide me when I feel lost, so that I may use that experience to guide others. Amen. — LGR