Wednesday, July 23, 2008
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:2
You rise from your bed shielded by the covering of darkness, so very tired, your pillows drenched from the flood of tears. You continue to go over and over in your mind how did I get to this place, my life yet again shipwreck. This storm takes you to the middle of the sea, the winds and the waves are raging all about you. Your strength is dwindling and your hope has run deep into the crevices of your soul, so far down you cannot reach it. You scream for it but it refuses to rise; only despair answers, and somehow doubt and fear reach the surface without difficulty. You search for a ray of light but it only shows in streaks of lightening followed by raging thunders and darkness. Engulfed in darkness you cry out to God, please don’t forsake me. You seek a measure of comfort but she has hidden herself taking refuge at the bottom of the sea. You turn to your closest confidents they give you their very best but in the end you find only a momentary peace. Glory! You discover all God needs is a moment for in that moment of peace, you hear a soft still voice whispering “peace be still”. In your stillness hope begins to rise from the depths of your soul and she brings with her a measure of faith and you begin to pour out your soul to God, “Abba Father, I need your grace and mercy. My heart is in distress, my soul in trouble, be my strength and my refuge. Move me from this place of despair and fix my troubles. This battle I cannot fight but Lord you can, to you I surrender, into your hands I commit my spirit, my life, my all.” From His holy temple He hears your voice; He hears your distress call and He brings you out of your troubles. (Psalm 18:6) He stills the storm to a whisper, the waves of the sea are hushed and He guides you to your desired haven. (Reference Psalm 107:23-30) He softly speaks to your heart, my daughter when you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze; for I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. (Isaiah 43: 2-3) Your heart speak back “have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” (Psalm 57:1) Leaving His Holy Presence you know this storm will pass; you put your hope and faith in Jesus and your soul finds rest clinging to the Master of the Seas.
Daughter of Zion, there is no situation God can’t handle or fix. Cast your cares upon Him. Know every storm is for a purpose and though it may be painful and unpleasant you do not walk alone you will not drown the winds and the waves will not take you out. Rest assured the fire will only refine you bringing you out as pure gold. Your Savior, the Holy One, God of Israel controls the waters and the fire.
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