For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth… The water rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than 20 feet. Every living thing that moved on the earth perished – birds, livestock, wild animals and all mankind. Everything on dry land that had breath of life in its nostrils died. Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; men, animals and birds of the air. BUT GOD REMEMBERED NOAH and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and He sent a wind over the earth, and the water receded. Genesis 7: 17-23; 8:1
As I read this scripture, I couldn’t help but reflect on the many storms that we often face in life: natural disasters, the storm of rejection, divorce, family problems, anger, doubt, unemployment, fear, hunger, shame, loneliness and unforgiving folks. To make matters worse, in the midst of those storms, there are the gale force winds of anxiety and the clouds of utter darkness.
There is a tendency to panic, feel frustrated, overwhelmed and abandoned. You probably ask where is God? Where is that light from the lighthouse? What is taking Him so long? Why doesn’t He rescue me? Can’t He see that the 20 foot wave is about to destroy me? Why does He wait until the sickness has lingered, the bill collector is knocking, or until the money is all gone?
I don’t know, but one thing is for sure, God has not forgotten you. He sees you and He cares deeply about you! Yes, He watches closely for each individual. His timing is always right and He will always do what is best. Through him we can all find rest despite the catastrophes that harass our world.
Isaiah 49: 15-16 states: “Can a mother forget the baby at Her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands”.
It is so reassuring to know that everytime God looks at His hands He sees us. God knows us by name. We are also reminded in Matthew 10:30 that the very hairs on our Head are numbered! Whenever we feel alone or rejected, whenever we feel pain, we can know that God has not forgotten us and He will help us find a way out of any situation no matter how bleak the circumstances may appear.
Also, let us not forget God through our storms. Every time, I reflect on God’s goodness and how He has always taken me through past crisis, I am put to shame for every moment of doubt that creeps up. Remember, because of Jesus, everything and anything will work for good as you love God. God is not surprised by our situations!
Like God did in the days of Noah, He continues to do and is about to do today. He is sending His wind over your situation so the waters may recede. Welcome His presence and allow His anointing to saturate every crevice of your being; If you are not in His will, He is offering a new beginning to those of us who will return to him. Notice when God is at the helm how chaos quickly turns to calm.
Though you hear nothing, He is speaking. Though you see nothing, He is acting. Every incident in your life is intended to bring you closer to Him. God has already made a way. Enter into His presence with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise and allow him to show you the path to HIS WAY.
Let me close with my favorite scripture that I have used for many years to minster to others and myself. “So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and Help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”. Isaiah 41: 10(NIV).
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