Monday, September 15, 2008

When the World Caves In

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea." (Psalm 46:1,2)

Looking out from the coffee shop window (where I am currently sipping on a nice cup of coffee), all I see are storm clouds. Overcast. Dark. Gloomy. Threats of storm clouds begin the new week. In fact, I cannot see a single ray of sunshine this early, Monday afternoon. The coffee makes today much better. I used to not like coffee at all. Bitter. Hot. Dark. Not your typical feel good drink is it? Yet, today (as it has many times before) it seems to fit in just right. This good cup of coffee reminds me of how we often find a source of comfort during the ho-hum days. We often turn to things that we can "bank on" when things aren't quite going well. You know--when there is not a single ray of sunshine piercing through. When all you see are the threats of the storm clouds. That is when you turn to something/someone you can "bank on." A friend. A family member. A spouse. A minister. A warm cup of coffee (had to throw that in again).

Psalm 46 contains another amazing truth about God. Are you ready? Okay, here it comes--God is present and ready to be our safe haven in the storms of life. What about those days where there is much more going on than the threat of rain? What about those days where not only does the light not pierce through the clouds, but it is so dark that you cannot see your own hand in front of your face? A torrential downpour. Nowhere to turn. Scared to turn to anyone even if you could. Life gets this way at times, like it or not.

Have you been in any storms lately? How about today? How about now? Is the coffee just not cutting it today? Then look up. Then trust in God. Then pour your heart out to Him. God is your refuge. God is your strength. God is ever-present. You're not alone. He'll give you the strength you need for today. And though the coffee spills. And though the friends, family, and trusted ones give way. He is there. Ever-present. Ever-loving. Ever-protecting. Tried. True.

When the world caves in, He does not.