The difficult thing about blogging (almost) every day is that real life doesn’t pretend to be perfect so all the daily bloggers can hang happy faces on each of their daily blogs.
Real life has real challenges.
It’s filled with high hopes and fierce contests, delightful wins and dreadful losses.
On one day, we can be celebrating with two love birds at a wedding, and then, three days later we are on our knees at the edge of a hospital bed, praying for the miraculous survival of a lifeless friend. On one day, the whole world is singing our praises, and then seconds later, we look around and we’re all alone.
This is real life.
Yesterday, was one of those real life days for me. It began just like most recent days, with early morning prayer and worship, and time chatting with Emily and Heaven… I left the house aware of challenges, but mostly optimistic.
And then, out of nowhere, everything changed. In a matter of minutes, the summer’s sunlight was snuffed out by a winter sky filled with dark looming clouds, and then deafening thunder clasps and violent flashes of lightning, and bone chilling rains.
I know it might seem like I’m exaggerating for effect, but that is exactly how I felt as it went down. My smile faded as the tears slid down my frowning face, and dripped onto the gray shirt below it.
I’m not writing this message for sympathy. I don’t need to be cheered up. Due to the nature of my life and calling, and the extreme ups and downs this life brings, I’ve learned to navigate the stormy seas. I’ve even sailed straight into a few perfect storms… and miraculously survived them. Thanks to God.
Do you sometimes live in real life too?
Of course you do, because everyone lives in real life. The harder you aim to make a difference, the more often you are away from the peaceful harbor, the more often you will navigate the storms.
“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” -William G.T Shedd 1820-1897
Surviving your perfect storms…
Psalm 27:4-5 says, “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.”
There are times in life, when God is the only one who can really help. Sometimes, you are so thoroughly battered from a storm… that sympathetic people only make it worse by trying to help. Just like with Job… and how he called his three friends, “miserable physicians” when they lent him words of comfort and explanation.
God is always reliable. When we cannot make it out of something alive without him, He is always right there for us. For in the time of trouble HE SHALL HIDE [US] IN HIS PAVILION.
But we have let Him hide us. We have cease from the battle and stop negotiating… and we have to flee away, like a bird, to the safety of His pavilion.
It sounds so simple, but it’s not, because most people have a manic snap in perfect storms… and they refuse to let go. They flap their wings and fight for their lives… until they burn out the last of their life’s energies.
So in the future, should you find yourself sometime, far away from the harbor and sailing into a storm so enormous, you lose all hope for making it out alive… read this message, search for the Lord’s secret pavilion, climb into it and WAIT… until the storm has passed.
And that is the secret to surviving a perfect storm!
Here is a great song for todays message: Desperation Band, Overcome
I just finished praying for you this morning. Have a most triumphant day!
With much love…