Shaken FoundationsWednesday, January 27, 2016
I am so thankful that the damage to their home was only minor and that she and her husband are safe. It is a frightening experience to have the ground tremble beneath your feet. For those of you who have experienced an earthquake, you know how unsettling it can be. As the ground moves and you hear the strange groaning from the bowels of earth you realize that there is nothing you can do to stop it. Yes, you follow protocol and get beneath a strong doorway and stay away from the windows, but the frightening sensation of the earth moving beneath your feet continues. In those terrifying moments you realize the situation is totally out of your control.
Have you ever felt that sensation in your life? Have you felt the foundations of your world crumble, as the things around you seem to shatter and fall to the ground? Have you heard the rumble of destruction assault your ears as you struggle to make sense of what is happening knowing that the situation is beyond your control? Many of us have and many of us will. Trials are common and not something we can avoid in our lives. Chaos and confusion will reign in troubling circumstances. However, it is how we handle them that determines our survival.
A broken heart, a lost job, unrest between friends…all of these and more can shake the foundations of our lives. We live in a broken world. But when we remember the One who is aware of all things is with us and will never leave us, we are able to stand against the troubles we face. We are loved, unconditionally and without bounds. In the stillness of the night when we desperately search for answers to our hurts, God is by our side. As we turn to Him in prayer, clinging to His word, we are comforted in our sorrow and stress. He will carry us when we can’t walk another step. Though things are confused and in turmoil, God will guide us to safety.
How do I know this? I know because it is the story He has woven into my life. Every time, without fail, that I have faced a situation beyond my control, one that threatened to break me and leave the shattered pieces of my life on the floor, He has rescued me. Every time I have turned to Him in prayer, trusting that He works all things out for the good, I have felt the relief of His peace well up inside me. God is stronger than our trials. He is bigger than our pain. His love for us goes deeper than the foundations of the earth and even if our world were to be shaken, He would still be with us.
God gives us the courage to survive. He promises us that in His perfect timing all will be made right. We can rest assured knowing that our nerves will be soothed and our fears will be lifted. The pain in our hearts will be healed, for our God is a compassionate God and nothing can separate us from His love.
So thankful for His love,