When, not if…

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.—To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.  O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me.  Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame—From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy.

He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.  All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies—The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.— For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved!

“I have declared and saved, I have proclaimed…Therefore you are My witnesses,” says the LORD, “that I am God.”

Is. 43:2-3 ESV; Ps.25:1-3 ESV; Ps. 61:2-3 NKJV; Ps.25:99-10 ESV; Prov.18:10 NLT; Rom. 10:13 ESV; Is. 43:12 NKJV

Days don’t always unfold as we anticipate.  Mine hasn’t.  The unforeseen inevitably intrudes, disrupting our best laid plans and defying our peace of mind. I woke from sweet dreams anticipating sweet things to come–a grandbaby’s visit, a family camping trip coming up, and another delicious summer’s day. I sat down to a simple lovely breakfast with my husband… Then I saw the waiting messages on my phone. Multiple messages. Jarring, disheartening, calling for decisions and wisdom…

It has been life-giving in light of these things to dwell for a bit in the Word, in the reality of an eternal Saviour who is working out long-range plans in and through and around us, most of which are in fact way over our heads! But there is no need to panic.  His Spirit quietly leads me to the Rock that is higher than I, higher than the turmoil of unanswered questions and life-in-limbo.   This God is an impenetrable fortress. We are safe even before the details are ironed out and the issues resolved. And we walk through them as witnesses to God’s power to salvage all for His glory.

–LS

One thought on “When, not if…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.