Close to the Rock
My start to this month had my headspace a little full (overwhelmingly) so I went to clear it out with a coastal breeze and a hot chocolate after work – as you do 😊
As I took the time to process my thoughts, I went wandering the beach and rocks to find tiny fish (see picture attached), finding the same solace I too was enjoying for the afternoon….
‘..my God, my rock and strength in whom I trust and take refuge;..’ Ps 18:2
We should never forget how much we are loved, not only by family and friends but most importantly by our Heavenly Father who watches over us in everything we do. On the day I was enjoying this solitude, my devotion scripture for that day was John 20:19 – ‘Jesus stood among them and said ‘peace be with you’ (very appropriate don’t you think?).
My God being my ‘rock’ – this metaphor points to Him being strong, steadfast and consistent, not easily moved or shaken plus a refuge for (not only me) but all those in need.
Moses wrote – ‘He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just, a faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he’ – Deut 32:4
David wrote – ‘..in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock’ – Ps 27:5
When we find ourselves questioning those things happening around us, that unsettle us, we need to remember in whose house are we building our foundations?
‘he is like a [far-sighted, practical, and sensible] man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and yet could not shake it, because it had been securely built and founded on the rock.’ – Luke 6:48
I am awed and amazed by my Heavenly Father who continually shows up for me in every aspect of my life. He not only bends down at every turn to physically pick me up but also brushes off the offenses and hurts (adding His ‘band-aid’) to help me understand reason again for the next steps ahead with him.
A friend recently shared with me that if my ‘right hand’ is placed in his for the journey then it is secure in his clasp and we would not be using that hand to meddle things up with. But also with our handheld by him, he stops us from falling down or tripping up!
‘for I the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you 'fear not, I will help you’’. – Isaiah 41:13
I pray today you are staying close to ‘the Rock’ and continuing to work on building your foundations deeply and strongly into His word so that you have much to fall back on when times are difficult.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tHZNd9xgOk – In God We Trust by Kingdomcity.com