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Saturday, July 9, 2005

It is Well

Quote for Today:

"Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods. In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the hills are His also. The sea is His, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture."

~ Psalm 95:1-7

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I have spent the better part of the afternoon and evening watching the Weather Channel as hurricane Dennis heads inland off the gulf coast of Florida. I would not usually be so interested as to spend the whole evening on the Weather Channel, but my most precious relatives are in Orlando this weekend, and I want to know whether they will face storms and flooding on the return trip home. Don't misunderstand me, I am not really afraid. I just want to know what's coming.

As I watch this storm coming in off of the ocean, I am amazed at the power of the wind and the sea. This earth amazes me, and literally shouts the truth of a powerful and creative Maker of the universe. It is so good to know that He holds all these things in His hands. His plan for those who love and obey Him is for good; and His plan will not fail.

Sometimes it seems like a hurricane of circumstance blows in along the coast of our lives and threatens to blow down our hopes and plans and leave us without cover. Isn't it good to know that when things go awry that God alread knew the plan. It's frustrating sometimes that we don't know what's ahead. We make arrangements, and plan our days based on what we think we know. Then, suddenly, new information appears, and we must adjust.

To be perfectly honest, I tend to panic, when my plans have been made and life suddenly switches direction on me. I really hate it when things don't go the way I planned. I am an organizer at heart, and that's a good thing. But often, God switches things around on me, and waits to see how I will react.

Will I trust Him, and stay calm? Usually not -- I am sorry to say. I am learning, ever so slowly, but I am not there yet. The good thing is that He knows. Did you ever notice that God doesn't get impatient with us when we don't respond immediately in faith. He knows me so well! He waits me out, and then reminds me that He has everything in His hands. His mercy floods the situation, and I realize that I lost sight of His hold on me and my life. I come to Him and apologize, and there it is -- more than enough mercy to cover me.

I used to wonder why His mercy was "new every morning". Now, I know. I need new mercy every day. I used yesterday's up -- yesterday. And God, in His love and wisdom planned ahead. He knew what I would need, and provided it -- new mercy...every morning...isn't His love amazing?

So as I watch the Weather Channel, I wonder what's ahead for all those people on the gulf coast, and for the missions team we have in Orlando this weekend. But somehow, I am firmly grounded in the faith that God holds the oceans in His hand, and His plan for me and those dear to me is for good. And that good plan extends to all those who love and obey Him. I know, if things go awry, I am apt to panic, and be upset by circumstance. But whatever emotional hurricane buffets my heart, I am safe in the shelter of His new mercy, even now. And as for tomorrow, His mercy is already there, waiting for me.

That's a profound revelation.

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