When lightning strikes again and again in the same place, we wonder. We sometimes question: have I done something wrong? why is this happening? is it a test? is it simply due to our fallen world? Whether we question or not, we have mixed emotions. We have choices. We may act upon our own resources. We can exhaust all avenues we think may help us. And when we are finished, we can drop to our knees and give the entire situation to our Father in heaven. God allows His children the liberty to live independently or dependently, in fear or in faith. For some reason we fail to remember that the Lord Who created us, Who breathed life into us, and Who fashioned us in our mother’s womb, is the same God who keeps us as Christians in the days of tribulation and trials.
“The LORD made you, formed you in the womb, and will help you. This is what the LORD says: Don’t be afraid, my servant Jacob, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.” Isaiah 44:2
Life is not a wooded pathway lined with roses without thorns. Life is not a placid river moved along a current without occasional rapids of treacherous water. Jesus told us we would be hated. James told us we would face trials. Jesus showed us how to live and how to die. Paul showed us how to live, cope, and reason. When we are faced with lightning strikes amid the thunder of our life, we can stand with our Savior in the face of the storm and simply say, “Peace, be still.”
PRAYER: Lord, keep us every mindful of your power and your promise to be with us in all we face. Let us stand with courage in the battering challenges of life. Help us to hear your still small voice amid the chaos and friction. And let us respond in faith. Amen.
© Hariette Petersen, SelahV Today, 2009