With Us After The Storm
“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:11
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2
“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
I'm not sure about you, but my heart is heavy and burdened by all that has transpired in our country these last few weeks. I haven't been able to focus on much else. I am relying on on the Lord's strength, and have been trying to put 1 Chronicles 16:11 into practice: "Look to the Lord and His strength; seek his face always."
As we go through struggles, we often hear the phrase "God is with us in the storm." These words bring such comfort to us in challenging seasons. However, God has recently been putting on my heart that He is also with us after the storm. He is there in the quiet when the storm has passed and we are left reeling and picking up the pieces. They may be physical pieces like the debris left from Hurricane Irma, or emotional pieces like the shock and confusion left from national tragedies or our own personal struggles. With God Almighty, we are not alone in the aftermath. He promises us in Isaiah 43:2 that "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." He comforts us with His love, gives us strength to continue, and is the Rock we can fully and confidently place our lives on, and our family's lives on as well.
As parents, we have a duty to protect our children's hearts as much as possible after difficult circumstances. As we attempt to move forward, reminding them (and ourselves!) of God's sovereignty over all, and His deep love and care for us is a good way to calm their fears and uncertainties. I always come back to my very favorite verse which seems to apply so well when I need to hear the Lord's voice: "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." I invite you to join me in sharing this verse with your children this month, as I will be doing with mine, and know that I will be praying for each one of you as well.
Amy Mixson, Faith and Family Coordinator