Finding calm in the storm. I call Psalm 91 my 911 scripture as it reminds me that while darkness prowls and tempts me to turn away from God that our Heavenly Father provides the strength to turn away from that which pulls us away from Him. I am also reminded in that no matter how far we stray from our God, He awaits us with open arms to come back to Him.
When life gets hard, and I mean really hard. Be it physical illness, death, divorce, mental illness, addiction, abuse – whatever comes your way… first take a deep breath. Breathe in God’s love and light. Feel the air in your lungs, notice your inhaling and pay attention to your exhaling the air. Slowly take another breath and just notice your breath and notice the moment. Then go to God in prayer. Know, and I mean genuinely know and trust that He hears every prayer.
In this moment of pause, in this time of being fully human, lift your immediate need to God. Cry our, call out or whisper to the One who loves you your immediate need. Call to Him. He hears our calls and cries for help. He answers our prayers and tears. While I may not get the answers that I necessarily want, but I as a child of God get what I need.
Rely on God’s provision. Depend on the Holy Spirit that resides within you and stirs within you. Rely on Jesus to provide the compassion and grace to you in this moment of crisis. Trusting your Heavenly Father will give you what you need to weather the storm.
In your crisis, in your confusion, in the madness of the moment lift up your prayer, raise your burden and trust, and I mean genuinely trust that God has your back. HE loves you, He knows you, He created you and promised not to harm. Trust through the fog, trust through the unknown that God’s got you.
Psalm 91 reminds me who covers me with His wings in the storms of life. This Psalm reminds me who is in charge and tells me who loves me through all the storms of life. I was reminded of the saying that sometimes God calms the storms, but other times God climbs in the boat with you as you weather the storm. You are not alone. This storm will pass. Hold onto God’s promises. Hold onto God’s deep love for you.
I remember that His angels guard me. In the midst of the storm, even though I can’t see through the fog, even though the waves of woe keep coming, I do deeply, deeply trust and wait. I pray that in your storm you will find the peace and love of God within you and around you in those He places in your path to be His hands and feet. With God’s help, you can do this.Amen.
Psalm 91 (NIV)
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings, you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver him and honor him. With long life, I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
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