Monday, April 16, 2007

Our Stabilizing Force

Life is strange in that we go along life's path rather mundanely, each day more or less the same, even falling into a lifestyle based on habit and feeling comfortable in the sameness. Then ZAP! Something hits us broadside unexpectedly that knocks us off-balance and we reel from the suddenness of its appearance, such as the death of a loved one, an unfavorable diagnosis from the doctor, a lost job, notice of a transfer to a faraway place, etc.

How do we react to sudden changes in our lives? Do we panic? Do we bury our heads in the sand and hope it goes away? Do we fret and worry? What brings us back to that stable, comfortable place after we have rocked and reeled for a while?

The one and only stabilizing force for me is anchoring myself to The Rock, Jesus Christ. He cannot be moved. He is always there to remind me He is in sovereign control of everything that comes into my life. The unexpected didn't surprise Him. If I keep my mind focused on Him and keep Him central in my thoughts, then I won't reel from fear, worry or panic. There are so many promises in God's Word that speak calm and assurance to us. We can depend on His promises. He is our God that we can trust and depend on when we don't understand what is happening around us or to us.

Prayer is our link that brings that sweet comfort and calm in the eye of the storm. When we speak directly to God and pour out our hearts to Him, He is faithful to hear us and to let us know He is present with us. In order to hear Him, we must quiet our hearts before Him. We need to shut out the outside forces that tend to draw us away from God. He can whisper to us when we train our hearts to seek Him in that quiet place. When we "abide" in Him, He reveals His character, His nature to us that brings us that assurance that we can trust Him through any circumstance.

Several have shared their experiences this week where you feel like you've been broadsided and you weren't prepared for the changes that will occur following the sudden interference in your daily routine. I pray that you will seek comfort in the only true stabilizing force that can bring everything back into perspective, that will calm the storm, that will ease the pain through His comfort, Jesus Christ. He is our peace.

"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning."( Psalm 30:5b)
"You have turned for me my mourning into dancing."(Psalm 30:11)

May God be your comfort!


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