“Hear my cry, O God; Give heed to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy. Let me dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.”
Psalms 61:1-4 NASB
My days are running together as I endure this quarantine: the global pause slowing the world to a standstill. Life has ground to a halt and people are struggling with the reality that what we consider normal has changed.
For many, this is a time of immense struggle as familiar walls become prison bars. Stress is increasing, and people are forced to relate as more time is being spent together. Conflict is driving wedges between loved ones, and division is unraveling the fabric of the country and the world.
It is a time when people can, and are losing hope. I listen to my scanner app on my phone, and I can hear the change, as calls flood in of domestic abuse, and suicide threats have increased. We are in an intense darkness. Hearts are becoming faint.
I am calling on the Lord.
Darkness has been a constant companion for much of my life. I have spent much time in deep woe, teetering on the edge of the abyss. The passage today is a great reminder for me. It brings back all the times the Lord has been there for me, hearing my cries, and delivering me with His great grace and mercy.
I have learned that He is faithful, even when I am not. He is a constant for me, carrying me through trouble and pain. He has truly been my tower of strength, a refuge that I run to in time of trouble. When evil hits, I focus on Him.
I sense people are becoming restless as we move into another month of quarantine. Many are either becoming more fearful, or pushing for an end to the sequestration of the people. Yet others are doubting whether there is a virus, even as the death toll rises.
I am calling on the Lord.
I would have to say that this experience has made my faith more real than ever before. I am in a situation where I must trust in the Lord for my deliverance. This is an advantage for me. I am a poster child for evidence of the Goodness of God. I live because of Him. I have a future in Heaven because of Jesus.
His love is all I need. I will get through this one way, or another. That is the greatest blessing of all. I survive, I get to proclaim His name for whatever time I have left. I die and go to be with Him, I have the joy of being in the presence of the Lord forever. I have confidence in all situations and all outcomes.
Believers, I encourage you with the experience of one totally dependent on the mercies of God: He is faithful!
I think of the great cloud of witnesses in Hebrews chapter 12, people who faced adversity at every turn, often killed for their faith. We look to them, and glorify the God that they served. They believed, even though they did not see the promise. They did not have what we have: the presence of God in us, the promise fulfilled. I hope it is said of us, that we sought the Lord during this time.
I take great comfort in knowing that Jesus is the Rock higher than I.
Climb on that Rock today. On it you can see the bright horizon beyond this present trouble. The Son is rising!
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