We’ve all had our share of storms in life and here lately it seems as though everyone I know is experiencing some type of storm. And what’s so ironic is that right now one of the largest hurricanes this season is hitting the coast of my home state of North Carolina. Hurricane Florence is causing many to flee their homes or get prepared for a Category 2 storm. Meteorologist are predicting heavy rains and billowing winds and if we look at our lives, some of us can say that we are navigating through some pretty heavy rains and being tossed about and battered by the hollowing wind, surging waves, and torrential rains ourselves.
I know in the month of August for us it felt as though we were in the eye of a hurricane. We had the moment of sunshine before the rain but we looked up and suddenly we found ourselves weathering a life shifting storm. The blankets of rain battered us making it look as though there was no end in sight. You ask yourself how did we end up in this midst of this storm if we heard and headed the voice we knew to be God’s? In the midst of battling the storm I had a real conversation with my Father, God. I asked Him, “I have done all you have instructed me to do with a resolute faithfulness, what am I supposed to do in the midst of this storm. I am so overwhelmed” His answer, “Lean on the Rock. “
Life is full of situations that can overwhelm us. First of all, let us look at how the dictionary defines the word “overwhelm:”to overcome completely in mind or feeling: overwhelmed by remorse; to overpower or overcome, esp. with superior forces; destroy; crush to cover or bury beneath a mass of something, as floodwaters, debris, or an avalanche; submerge; to overthrow.Have you ever felt any of these things? I have. And we are not the only ones that have felt overwhelmed. We can look in the scriptures at David, a man after God's own heart. Yes, even godly people like David experienced times in their lives when they lacked courage, motivation, or was fearful and had a general lack of strength. We can find his cry in Psalms. It reads:
“From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings!” Psalm 61:2-4 (NIV)
David needed a rock of protection, one that was higher than his troubles, a divine protection. He was physically and emotionally drained, so he cried out to the "rock that is higher than I," knowing this was a place of safety with God. David was not literally at the end of the earth, but he was in a place where safety and deliverance seemed obscure.
Anyone feeling overwhelmed today? I call you to remember the Father’s invitation to call to Him when times get rough and rocky, cold and dark. The next time you’re at the end of your rope in the marriage, the job, or your circumstances seem to be swallowing you up, and life is overwhelming you, be sure to run to the Rock you find in prayer. No amount of wishing and hoping and positive thinking will rescue you, you must cling to the rock through these stormy days and He will grant you peace. When you feel overwhelmed, when you begin to feel hopeless, when you lose heart, cry out to the Lord. Remind yourself that the God you serve is a mighty God. He will protect you. He will keep you safe. And He will deliver you. Always! We’ve all felt overwhelmed and hopeless at one time or another. But it is not okay to continue feeling that way – not when Almighty God is your Father and His Eye is in the storm. He promised to see us through the storm! If you cling to the Rock, you will be on top of your problems and see your circumstances from a far different perspective as I did.
The storm was designed to draw me to stand on the Rock who is higher than I. And from that vantage point I can see very clearly, He is our Rock, our Strong Tower, our Safe Refuge from the storms of life.
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