Sometimes the seasons of our lives change gradually, gently. Other times, it changes suddenly with the force of a brutal storm that strips you bare and changes the season overnight. In Southwest Florida, we call it Hurricane Ian.
Yes, life changes.
God does not.
He is our anchor in the storm, Our guide through the wilderness, Our peace in the chaos, Our security in the unstable economy, Our light in the darkness, Our hope when fear beckons.
He is Jesus.
“Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, ‘I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,’ we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me?”’ Hebrews 13:5-6 MSG
Everything else will change, but He will not.
May you find rest in the refuge of the unchanging love of God and be bold in the midst of the unexpected changes you are experiencing today.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
The last two weeks have been exhausting and amazing.
Exhausting because a Category 4 hurricane hit where I live. Everything stopped and then in about 24 hours the race began. The race to check on people, help people, to get water and food for people and more. It was amazing because people came together from all walks of life to help each other.
In the midst of it all, I am so glad I didn’t have to pretend to be strong.
I am glad that the more I embraced my weakness, I was able to lean into God’s strength, power, and grace.
Oh, the richness of God’s amazing grace.
Grace to get up each day knowing that He would give me what I needed for the day.
Grace that took the little I could do and use it to help someone else.
Grace to lay down everyday and rest because I knew God’s grace would be there tomorrow.
I didn’t have to will myself to be strong but by laying down the illusion I have to be.
Admitting my weakness opens me up to receiving God’s grace laden strength and moment by moment I have what I need to make it through.
Are you done trying to be strong?
Now you are ready to fully receive the abundance of God’s amazing, all encompassing grace delivered to you wrapped in the love of Jesus each and every moment you need it.
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him,rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6 NIV
Two weeks ago, a Category 4 Hurricane hit my city. There was catastrophic flooding and sustained winds of 130-150 mph for 8 hours that tore through the city of Cape Coral. Among the damage were the trees, the bushes, the plants. Two weeks later, we have power and water back but the landscape has changed. Last week, I went out to our back yard and looked at two of my favorite bushes. Both looked bare, brown and dead. Yesterday, I went out and realized one of them was still alive, budding tender green leaves. It looked dead and barren but it was still connected to its roots.
It was still rooted.
I’ve begun to look around the city as I drive and at this point it’s easy to see what trees are alive, they are the ones who are rooted and because they are rooted, they are blooming again.
Strong roots will withstand the fierce winds of life.
My prayer for you today is that your faith is so rooted in the love of God that it will hold when the storms rage over your life.
My prayer for you is that no matter what you’re facing today, that you will lean into Jesus and that His strong bands of love, loyalty, faithfulness and grace will hold onto you.
I pray that you will experience this love, His love, that is higher than the highest mountain summit, deeper than the deepest cavern of the sea, wider than the expanse of east to west and is stronger than the winds of trial than come to devastate.
If you’re breathing, you have roots.
I pray that you will allow God’s all encompassing, crisis surpassing, past restoring, future embracing love surround you, hold on to you and help you get through.