My life has been shaken in recent times by family members becoming seriously ill, stressful situations at work and things ‘falling apart’(literally) at home. The hot water system blew, the pump that draws water from our rainwater tanks was not working, which mean we have NO WATER for we do not run off the mains. One of our dogs got out and could not be found, my car had a major flat tyre and no one was home to fix it but me- all in one day.
Sorry, I do not have the strength to change a tyre. The nuts are put on too tightly (which I’m glad of really cause then the wheel stays on the car.)
Even when we were away recently to relax and refresh as a family, and we were in a hurry to get to the airport to catch a plane, the hire car had a flat battery. What a ‘mess’ it seemed. What else could go wrong?
After feeling the stress rise within me.
I just laughed! (Or I was going to cry).
In Proverbs 31, it talks about this wonderful woman; a wife of noble character. Actually, it could be any woman of noble character. It describes her and in verse 25 states:
“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.” ESV
Another translation says it this way, “And she laughs without fear of the future” NLT.
Whys that? Because this woman knows God is looking after her. She works hard, diligently but has her limitations.
I remembered reading Isaiah 6 also not long ago.
“In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord. He was high and lifted up and his train of his robe filled the temple.’
The writer states in the year when my king died, God still showed Himself to me. His awesome majesty and glorious presence was in my life.
Amongst the emotional and physical trauma of my life, our lives, God’s amazing presence is there – (the train filled the temple). There is no place where God is not. He is high and lifted up so is seated on the throne and is in control of everything.
God’s power, love and faithfulness are forever and are available to anyone who asks. Boy was I asking that day! In the asking came peace.
So be at peace even if it looks or feels like things aren’t working and life seems to be falling apart.
Remember, God tells us, “I hold you in the palm of my hand.”
When your life is shaken, turn to the only ONE who can ‘calm the raging sea with ONE word. Be still!’
Let the stressful day, week, month or year go and you shall see the Glory of the Lord.