Where is your security?

It’s been a tumultuous couple of weeks for all of us as we watched Hurricane Katrina and we now await Hurricane Rita. Regardless of what was and wasn’t done and what will or won’t be done in the future, the bottom line for many is that we truly have little control over any of the storms in our lives. Mother Nature, other people, even our government will fail us. But we aren’t left alone to face adversity.

We all have plans, hopes, and dreams and we all should hold fast to them. But, times will come when we must let go of some things and look to new horizons. That can be hard to do when dark skies close in on all sides.

I know I had good intentions of picking up and continuing the commentary on the Sermon on the Mount. But, sometimes life gets in the way.

Of course, for me, it’s been a matter of trying to organize my time between finishing touches on my book and spending time with family and friends while I’m visiting in Arizona. I believe if we follow God’s lead and allow Him to balance the demands on our lives, we will find calm in the midst of the most threatening storms.

It’s not easy, but I can’t help but remember the disciples’ concerns when they were with Jesus in a boat in the throes of a sudden storm. He calmed their fears just about as easily as He calmed the wind and the rain.*

We can find assurance in that scenario because He does the same thing for us if He’s in our lives. The key is to look to Him rather than the tempest raging around us.

I hope to return to the commentaries next week. Until then, my prayers are that, in spite of the impending storms we all face, Jesus gives each of us that perfect calm. If He can control the winds and sea, He can calm our doubts and fears.

Blessings, Francine

*And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. And they came to Him and woke Him saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” Matthew 8:24-27, New American Standard Bible


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    On 8:51 AM Cami said...

    Hi, Francine: It helps to remember that other believers are going through the same things we are. We had a blessed reminder yesterday when the Lord gave us fellowship with a couple we met on Prince Edward Island a decade ago. They are now in missions work in Africa; even though their ministry is different than ours, they come up against the same obstacles that we do, and that any Christian does. You're right: the only way to peace is looking to Jesus.

    On 11:13 AM Rulan said...

    Francine, well spoken. May your time with your family be special.

    On 11:20 AM Francine said...

    Cami ... thanks for your faithfulness. You know, I think we can strength in making ourselves vulnerable to other believers. First, as you said, they see what we are struggling with. More importantly, I believe we can strengthen the body of believers with prayer, as mine are with you.

    Rulan ... your faithfulness in visiting here is a blessing. The time with family slips by so quickly but it's been great.

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