My Earth keeps shaking. I am pretty sure this isn’t going to stop any time soon. I have come to it that the only thing I can control is the way I look at the trembling: Either it’s a total curse or a curse that God is going to bring good from.
I bet you thought that I was going to say “It’s either a curse or a blessing.” Am I right? Well some things just aren’t blessings from God. In fact I am pretty sure God isn’t in them. That doesn’t mean He won’t use them or turn them for my good.
I am working hard to view life just now as a curse that God is going to use for my good. I realize, for instance, that my prayer life is deepening exponentially with each aftershock. In particular I am learning the value of waiting on God.
As I began this journey I found that much of my prayer life was bound up in noise and complaint. So much of me was just a voice that laid out cries in the deep.
But Scripture says: “I wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.” Psalm 62:5,6
Understand it is not that we are not free to bring complaints before God. In fact sometimes it’s the only place we can start. God being who He is gives us liberty to stay in the place of complaining as long as we desire or need to be there. However cries in the deep can never open the doorway to the peace of God.
The peace comes when we still our voice in our deep places. Then His deeper presence can minister to us in the quiet place. It’s in this place of waiting that the promises of Philippians 4 are released.
” Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6,7
To all those of you who are living in the shadow with me I say wait on the Lord!
When your shadow becomes really deep what do you do?