Isaiah 43:2-3 – When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour. (NLT)
For many days, Hurricane Isabel churned up winds and waves far out in the ocean. Labelled a catastrophic, Category 5 storm, she aimed her seemingly undiluted fury toward the east coast of the United States.
Simultaneously, pandemonium became the order of the day for many people who were in her path. Airports, buses, and trains shut down to escape her frenzy. Schedules had to be changed and excursions postponed because of the imminent danger of Isabel.
Most everyone eventually came through the storm safely. Battered homes and businesses were quite visible. But give them a few months, and they will be rebuilt, once again serving their families and customers.
Sometimes we find our lives in battles much like a hurricane. The suffering can be brought on by something we have done ourselves. Other times, we may be the victims of someone else's hurt. Whatever the circumstances, the surging waves of pain overwhelm us. The high winds of doubt and the heavy rains of fear engulf our very being.
With our spirits pummelled and bruised, it is time to reactivate our faith in the only One Who can carry us safely through the long days and nights of distress. We are called to put our trust, once again, in our heavenly Father. He will ride the high tides of anguish with us.
Let us cling to Him! Let us claim the promises found in His holy Word! Before we know it, the sun will be shining on us again.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that in the battles of life, You will be with us, and You will carry us safely through when we put our trust in You. Amen.