He’s In The Boat

 

So, on the upside of down today, it’s all ok. You know it is! Really, deep down you know it is! Sure, maybe a lot of downer stuff, snuffed out yesterday really good but there’s always an upside. Always something good in the bad. Always something positive in the negative. And always, always a lesson or two to learn from the stuff that went down, to make us better, not bitter.

Bitter poison vibes will seep into the very core of our spirit to plunge us into rapid ruin. So we don’t want to go there! Let’s not allow our downer disappointments to usher us into such desperate places! Today is a new day! So rest now! Rest in sweet places with your mind and let Jesus into the trouble and into the boat, much the same as He did in Matthew 8:23 – 27, when Matthew penned that old, familiar story of Jesus getting into the boat to start out across the lake with his disciples. Oh, you know it well.

“Suddenly a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. (What a downer!) But Jesus was sleeping. (What a downer!) The disciples woke Him up shouting, “Lord save us! We’re going to drown.”

Jesus said,

“Why are you afraid? You have so little faith.”

“Then He got up and rebuked the wind and the waves and suddenly there was a great calm.”

Wow, just like that, all the fearful, downer moments in that boat were brought to peace, when even the wind and the waves obeyed Him. When your downers make you desperate, cry to the Lord, as the disciples did in that little boat beaten against the waves and the odds and tossed into the winds. You can know He’s not really sleeping but standing by to give you a faith check and heap of help for your heap of trouble. He’s got your stuff, and He’s got your back! He’s in the boat, and all He needs from you is your sincere, child-like faith and trust in Him! So now, beautiful you, that really bad, downer day is placed into His very capable hands and even though it seems like He’s asleep in the trouble, you can know, He isn’t!

Set your faith loose in the storm and find better, not bitter.

Your Darkest Hour

It’s in our darkest hour that God comes! He enters into the problem, although we may not be aware of His exact timing and presence in those lonely agonizing times. Ponder Moses, when he asked God to reveal His glory, and God answered that He would make all of His goodness pass before him but that He couldn’t reveal the glory and radiance of His face or He would surely die. Moses couldn’t watch! He couldn’t see God when He did His work. Why? well… take a look at that conversation. Ponder it deeply in your heart of hearts and in your deepest soul. Tuck it in there for safekeeping on a rainy day, when the winds howl and the wolves prowl

.Exodus 33: 17 – 20

“The Lord replies to Moses, ‘I will indeed do what you have asked, for I look favourably on you, and I know you by name.” Moses responded, “Then show me Your glorious presence.”

And He (God said) said (To Moses),

“I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you and will proclaim the name of the LORD before you, and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.” But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see me and live.”

Then the LORD said something most interesting,

“Look, stand near me on this rock, as my glorious presence passes by, I will hide you in the crevice of the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and let you see me from behind. But my face will not be seen.”

Friends and beautiful souls, it’s dark there in the crevice of the rock with the LORD’s hand covering our eyes, don’t you think? But it’s safe there in the shelter of the Rock as God does His thing to reveal His glory in our circumstances. He did it for Moses and He does it for us if we give Him the reigns to shelter us from the trouble and hide us securely protected from His awesome work. Yeah, we might not be aware of His presence when He presents Himself in the struggle, because He covers us with His hand so we can’t see His face, but it’s here He’s working with a powerful, sovereign hand to fix it all, just the way He desires to fix it. It’s in the dark He works so sovereignly to reveal His glory and to shine directly and radiantly into our darkest of dark!

Oh yes, you and I and we and us, How often do look back at the struggle that just past and although we didn’t see Him, we know that we know He was there, because it could have only been God that performed and orchestrated such amazing work in such perfected fashion? So, for you today, down in the dumps, needing desperately to see something from the LORD, hold on to hope and stay safely there in that dark spot; In that safe place protected right there until God is finished doing what He’s doing and when He takes away His hand then look! Then smile! Then be thankful for the dark that just passed over!

Now ~now it’s safe to see what He’s accomplished. Beautiful soul, How blessed we are to know His goodness and to see His glory revealed.

#SafeINAHARDPLACE

Held Secure

So loving this thought today! ❤

So when so much is up in the air with unknowns and so much is pending, and ~ we wait in both the silences and chaos of it all ~ we know He’s got it ❤ and He holds us and how awesome is that?

Held In His Love

When our Lord holds us there is nothing ~ nothing at all that can harm us. Even when we’re hurting and sore and bruised and broken our pain is cushioned by His sweet grace and unconditional love. No foe can snatch us or catch us off guard because our Saviour knows before we do just what’s up and just what’s ahead. He’s already got it for us! Already working on it for us, protecting us, caring for us, repairing, and preparing to bring us out.What a sweet, unfathomable, incomprehensible love is that?Isaiah 3: 10 “Tell the godly that all will be well with them. They will enjoy the rich reward they have earned.” ❤❤❤

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