Tuesday, July 22, 2014

By:  Amanda Highfil

We had just spent a beautiful, warm, sunny day touring around Philadelphia.  The kids were piled in the back of the van, and since Brent was still exhausted from the previous weeks’ work trips, I offered to drive and let him rest.  Less than an hour into our 2 hour drive back to the hotel, I found myself driving down a sunny hill straight into darkening shades of blue with a black spot as my destination.  UH-OH I thought as panic began to take over and my fists clenched the wheel…

That is much like us in the flesh – storm approaching, WE clench the wheel as if we know what direction is best!  What happens to letting God have control?  What happens to staying calm and resting in Him?

Now to be fair, as I drove I did call the name “Jesus” over and over and over and over….well you see, for the next 2 hours of 30 mph pelting hard rain, Jesus heard from me – if nothing more than his name, his daughter was calling out to him for protection.  Hmmm….again, why is it that many times He only hears from us in the storm?

You see, sisters, sometimes God produces storms in our lives to get our attention and change our focus back to Him and His direction for our lives.  Other times, God allows storms by Satan to test and refine us.  Either way, God remains God!  His grace remains sufficient at ALL times. 

I had a pastor one time explain grace as God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense.  Certainly, if Jesus is strong enough to conquer the death that we earned, surely He is great enough to calm our daily storms no matter how big they may seem to us.  And, if we are truly walking each day with Him, even those big storms will not seem so big as we rest in His arms.

Psalm 91:1-2
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” 

This is just the beginning of Psalm 91; however, the entire chapter is full of God’s protection over us.  In fact, the last verse of this chapter gives us God’s promise to us as daughters as we abide in Him, “with long life I will satisfy [her], and show [her] my salvation!”  

Sisters, let’s curl up under the protection and leadership of our Lord more now than ever before….He’s waiting on us to just climb in his lap and let Him be Abba!