DayBreaks for 11/01/12 – The Rock Never Moved
O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer! 2 From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, 3 for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. 4 Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings! – Psalm 61:1-4 (NLT)
We have just witnessed perhaps the most destructive storm to ever hit the United States, hurricane Sandy. While the winds weren’t the strongest that we’ve experienced, the sheer size of the storm, combined with other meteorological phenomena joined forces to create what some called “Frankenstorm.” Dozens in the US perished, and who knows what the property damage totals will become?
We often find ourselves at the mercy of the forces of nature and the forces of life. We can’t control the wind, the waves, the heat or cold. We can’t control gravity or change the laws of physics in order to spare our lives or keep us and our loved ones from danger. When you stop to really think about it, life could be terrifying. Who knows if an unknown meteor will smack into the earth in the next week? Or if the sun will go super-nova well ahead of schedule? Can anyone guarantee you that tomorrow you will not be injured or killed in an accident, terrorist act, fire or other catastrophe? No. No one can give you that guarantee. Nor can anyone guarantee that you won’t be deeply wounded tomorrow by someone you work with, or by someone you thought was a friend or companion. It happens all over the place, every day. It can happen to any of us at any time.
Should we be terrified? We should if those things that I’ve mentioned were all we know about life and creation and this world. But we have been given glimpses into the behind-the-scenes working of this world. Because of that tiniest of glimpses, we can live without paralyzing fear.
There’s a story about a storm that goes like this: “A storm wrecked a ship. The only survivor was a little boy who was swept by the waves onto a rock. There he sat all night long. In the morning he was seen and rescued. One of his rescuers asked him, “Did not you tremble while you were on the rock during the night?” His answer: “I surely did tremble but the rock did not.”
“We are human. We cannot help but tremble, but the Rock on which we stand never does.” – Practical Bible Illustrations From Yesterday and Today.
No one wants the winds to howl in their life or for the rain to fall. No one wanted hurricane Sandy to wash away their homes and jobs and lives. It is tragic, sad and lamentable. It could have been us. This time it wasn’t. But we need not fear, for there is a Solid Rock that will sway the future.
PRAYER: Jesus, for all the times I have complained about my cross, I’m sorry. I nearly always forget how blessed I am! Help me to not carry a chip on my shoulder, but rather to shoulder the crosses you send my way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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