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Friday, October 31, 2008

Safe and Secure

Today, October 31st, is viewed as one of the “darkest” days; a day for ghosts, goblins, and zombies. A day that many will dress up as the evilest of characters to spook those unaware. A day for haunted houses and trick-or-treaters.

But for some people this dark day is just another in the continuation of days seemingly lived in midnight.

We always talk about the goodness of God when things are going our way; when bills are paid, churches are growing, health is good, parking spaces open up in front of a store.

But God is also good when things are not so “peachy.” Listen to the words of Corrie Ten Boom.

Often I have heard people say, “How good God is! We prayed that it would not rain for our church picnic and look at the lovely weather!” Yes, God is good when He sends good weather. But God was also good when He allowed my sister, Betsie, to starve to death before my eyes in a German concentration camp. I remember one occasion when I was very discouraged there. Everything around us was dark, and there was darkness in my heart. I remember telling Betsie that I thought God had forgotten us. “No, Corrie,” said Betsie, “He has not forgotten us. Remember His Word “For as the heavens are high above the hearth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him.” Corrie concludes, “There is an ocean of God’s love available-there is plenty for everyone. May God grant you never doubt that victorious love-no matter the circumstances.”

God is love in our good times and in our bad times.

Today there are two people reading this and you are one of them; those in the middle of a crisis and those who are not. If you are the former I want to share a little story with you I read a few days ago.

Once there was a train traveling through the night in an extremely violent rainstorm. The lightning flashes were almost blinding, the rain hitting the windows was deafening and the strong gusts of wind rocked the train from side to side. As the lightening flashed, they saw outside the windows the rising water along the tracks. This created terror in the minds of the passengers. Several noted that through all the noise, lightening and wind, one of the passengers, a little girl, seemed to be at perfect peace. The adults couldn't figure out why the little girl was so calm during this terrifying ordeal. Finally, one passenger asked her, “How is that you can be so calm when all the rest of us are so worried about what might or could happen?”

The little passenger smiled and said, “My father is the engineer.”

Galatians 3:26 tells me we are all the children of God. There is no need to panic or be dismayed today, or any day, because our father is the engineer of our lives. He’s in control and at the wheel. He’s not going to let you go under. You are safely secure in the palm if His hand. THAT'S LOVE!

I know you may not feel safe and secure right now. But that is why it is a faith walk and not a feel walk.

And faith is more than believing. Faith requires trust.

A couple weeks ago I tensely watched on TV as a man walked on a tightrope, between two buildings with no net, to break a world record. Trusting God is not you walking across the tightrope. Trusting God means you are willing to let Him carry you across the tightrope.

Two of my favorite verses is Psalm 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”

And don’t worry... if you can’t walk it alone... He'll be there to carry you across!

Reflection:
Though the darkness may surround you today, it does not have to consume you. What do you need to trust God with at this moment?

Trust God, rest in His peace and allow Him to guide your steps. He will never lead you astray!

Happy Friday!
Tina

4 comments:

Pat said...

We are living in perilous times. My first consideration in voting for any candidate for any office is where do they stand on moral issues. When I begin to feel anxious and fearful about Obama and his stand on homosexuality and abortion and what his presidency would do to the Christian faith, I am reminded once again that God is in control. Thanks Tina for a timely blog at this crucial time.

Pat said...

Because we live in such perilous times, I too have to remind myself that our father is the "engineer". All we can do in this election is vote the man that shares God's view on morals. God is our source regardless of the economy. Thanks Tina for another timely blog.

Carole said...

Tina, I enjoy reading your blog. What dedication it shows on your part to devote the time and research it takes to share these inspirational writings with all who choose to partake. I am very proud of you and Mark. May God's blessings be always with you. Love you, Aunt Carole

Carole said...

Tina, I enjoy reading your blog. What dedication it shows on your part to devote the time and research it takes to share these inspirational writings with all who choose to partake. I am very proud of you and Mark. May God's blessings be always with you. Love you, Aunt Carole