Sunday, September 16, 2012
The Promise of a Haven
Storms are inevitable part of our lives. Why? Simple—we’re not in heaven yet.
Jesus, in fact, warned us of storms. He told his disciples, “‘In this world you will have trouble.’” (John 16:33) But in that same verse he also told them that in him we may have peace and that he has already overcome the world. In other words, he promised that he is bigger than the storms that come barreling into our lives.
The words of Jesus have certainly proved true in my life. Time and again, my God has stilled the storms that have assaulted me. He’s hushed the waves that threatened me.
Even when I felt as if I might drown (for example, when caregiving responsibilities for Don’s mom seemed too much to bear at times), he strengthened me until the storm’s fury subsided. He held me up until sunshine was my portion once again.
And just as the Psalmist stated, after the winds and waves lost their steam, my God led me to the havens I needed at the time. He has continued to bless me with periods of rest or surround me with peace when needed. He’s wrapped me in comfort and also shown me the path to forgiveness. He’s graciously given what I’ve needed.
But even though my God has faithfully carried me through the storms of life and ministered to me in their aftermath, I still haven’t reached the point where I welcome them. I’m not sure any of us do.
But we can reach the point where we don’t fear storms so much, where we know our God is bigger. We can reach a point where we trust him in the midst of a storm. A point where we’re at rest—at rest in his promise of a haven.
“The LORD replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14
*When did the Lord last lead you to a haven?
*My photo (Coulter Bay area of Grand Teton National Park)