When I started writing this, it was the end of autumn 2013.
Initially, I had written this post for the beginning of 2014.
So why am I posting it five months later? Because I think there is no set time for new beginnings.
At the time, the bright pretty colours of autumn reflected the end of a season and the change to follow. Down in my heart, I felt the depth of the season, warm oranges, bright yellows and dark reds.
My soul had felt despair. Our family has encountered fear and insecurity, anxiety and apprehension.
There have been emotions difficult to face yet in all this I have learnt to trust in the Everlasting Arms in a new way. The one thing that has remained constant is that Christ is with me. He is with my dad. He is with us as a family.
And in all things, He is God – God Most High!
I am reminded of the disciples as they saw Jesus walking on the water. Fear gripped them and they thought he was a ghost (Mark 4:35-40). But Jesus spoke over their fear.
At times my soul fails to trust God in all things. My heart reacts when bad news arrives.
Yet He asks me not to lean on my own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6).
It has taken me almost a year, dealing with the questions in my mind and heart to realise that He is Immanuel [God with us all the time].
I can choose to feel like the world is crushing me. And allow the enemy to steal, kill and destroy joy, hope, peace or I can focus on the Christ my Beacon of Hope.
He commanded the waves to be still…
Greater is the God who spoke to the waves that dark stormy night. Our perspective should be eternal. My hope lies beyond the horizon. Beyond what I can see or understand or experience or even imagine.
He rose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” Then the wind ceased and there was a great calm. Mark 4:39 (MEV)
He gives us His peace to calm the troubled waters of our soul…
Our strength should be sustained by the power of His Spirit. Jesus Christ entered a disease ridden, sin driven world. He healed the sick. He reached out to the outcasts. Because Christ paid the ultimate price to bridge the gap that sin brought.
The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath you are the everlasting arms; Deuteronomy 33:27a (MEV)
He beckons us to draw close [to snuggle into His arms]…
If I dwell in the secret place of the Most High God then I will find rest under His shadow. Then nothing is greater than Christ. Because He bore our sorrows. Christ’s final words on the cross were ‘It is finished’. Ultimately, He died to give us salvation. He became our saving grace from the penalty of death.
I am the first and the last. I am the Living One. Behold I was dead, and am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
Revelation 1:18 (NIV)