Are you afraid?
What’s happening in your life that is keeping you awake a night? What’s that situation or that relationship that is always at the forefront of your mind?
What’s happening that makes your pulse race?
What’s happening that makes you feel unsure, insecure, alone and worried?
I saw fear recently, fear that caused my little dog Bristol to shake uncontrollably, pace, pant and drool.
The thunder rolled and boomed and Bristol was terrified.
I wrapped her in a towel and offered her the security of my lap with my arms wrapped around her.
I felt her little heart racing.
The safest place for her was in my arms.
But she took none of the comfort offered.
She squirmed and wiggled and struggled until I had no alternative but to put her down.
She decided that the best place to wait out the storm was in the bathroom behind the toilet!
She felt safer there than in my arms. Silly dog!
It struck me that we are just like Bristol. When a storm comes into our lives we get frightened sometimes even terrified.
The storm is real and loud and we’re afraid.
We try to find ways to cope with the storm.
We get advice from everyone we know.
We read everything we can about the problem.
We try to forget the storm by eating.
We may escape with sleep, drugs or alcohol.
Just like Bristol we decide where to wait out the storm.
All the time God’s arms are available and welcoming.
It’s the best place to be during any storm.
What storm are you facing; unemployment, poor health, money troubles, relationship problems or parenting issues?
Maybe your storm is so loud and so strong that you aren’t sure you are going to survive?
I have good news! God knows all about your storm.
He’s right there beside you offering the security of His arms.
Do not be afraid for I am with you.
I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you with my righteous right hand.
I am with you.
I take great delight in you.
I will quiet you with my love.
I rejoice over you with singing.
When the righteous cry out, I hear them.
I deliver them from all their troubles.
I give strength to my people,
I bless them with peace.
I go before you and will be with you.
I will never leave you.
Do not be afraid.
Do not be discouraged.
I will watch over your coming and your going
Both now and forever!
Isaiah 41:10, Zephaniah 3:17
Psalm 34:17, Psalm 29:11
Deuteronomy 31:6, Psalm 121: 8
God offers rest, hope, power, grace, mercy and so much more. It’s my hope and prayer that you find comfort in His good words and rest in the security of His arms.
TODAY’S little STEP: When life sends a storm your way. Claim God’s good words and His promises. Near God is the best place in a storm.