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I fear what I cannot control … cannot manipulate … cannot overcome.

It is that immovable object, that insurmountable force which disturbs me. I should say it threatens my thirst for autonomy. It stands in the way of unbridled independence.

Part of me would like to control God. I’d like to know that if push came to shove I could have my way; that is until I need God to be God for my sake.

When I am overwhelmed, overcome, devastated and wrought with despair, I need God to be immovable, insurmountable, unchanging and in complete control. I need Him to be fearsome if He is to be a strong tower and a safe haven for me in the storms of life that expose my helpless condition.

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Growing up on the plains of Oklahoma, I was accustomed to the annual stampede of tornadoes that came with spring showers. They were breathtaking to behold from far away; terrifying if twisting toward our home.

With sirens blaring our family would go underground, huddling safe and secure until the threat passed by. Despite the danger to our stuff on the surface, our sanctuary beneath the storm was saturated with gratitude for personal protection.

What a precious gift it is to have a hiding place in the storms of life.

More terrifying than any tempest this world might spin up is to be “separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.” (Ephesians 2:12)

We can lose a lot “above ground,” suffer immense hardship, yet endure gracefully if shielded by the grace and mercy of God. Hope rooted in God’s unchanging goodness is a steadfast song of thanksgiving and praise.

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