~ June 17, 2020 – Morning Devotional ~
…I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: Behold, I will heal thee…
~ 2 Kings 20:5, KJV ~
In the Pacific Northwest, it rains. And, normally, we have a good season of summer through June to August. Of course, there is the occasional summer rain. Normally. So far, June 2020 has seemingly been quite gloomy, dark, and wet. Of course, dotted with some small windows of sunny days. The days may seem wet, cold, and dark. However, there is always hope for those Summer sunny days.
We will face the inevitable dark days of life. How we respond allows us to either navigate our way through, or sink in our despair. It begins when we turn to seek God. Secondly, we turn to our close allies – families and friends. Third, we may, if needed, seek professional help. These dark days seem even darker when we face significant sadness due to significant losses. In time, our sadness runs its course. However, Depression may continue to weigh us down if our sadness does not abate. While we react to the ups and downs of every day life, deep rooted depression may require professional intervention.
There are those oft days of light and happiness that dispel the sadness. Yet, they are fleeting. As fleeting as the summer days we’ve so far experienced here for June. Inevitably, the rain comes, the darkness swells, and the days grow gloomy and despondent. We either allow ourselves to sink deeper and withdraw further into our suffocating sadness; or, we do the courageous and difficult task of pulling ourselves out of despair by focusing on the hope and light of God’s love, mercy, and grace.
We will all have some adversity in our lives. I think we can be reasonably sure of that. Some of it will have the potential to be violent and damaging and destructive. Some of it may even strain our faith in a loving God who has the power to administer relief in our behalf.Howard W. Hunter – “Master, the Tempest is Raging”
To those anxieties I think the Father of us all would say, “Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?” And of course that has to be faith for the whole journey, the entire experience, the fulness of our life, not simply around the bits and pieces and tempestuous moments. At the end of the journey, an end none of us can see now, we will say, “Master, the terror is over. … Linger, Oh, blessed Redeemer! Leave me alone no more.”
Let us rise up out of our distress. Cry out to our Heavenly Father to save us. Recognize when we are weak in faith. As the Disciples proclaimed to Jesus their fear of the storm that arose while on the Sea of Galilee (see, Mark 4:36-31). Our lives are filled with times of despair and trouble. It is when we heed the wisdom of scripture and those who bring sweet comfort into our troubled hearts that we are able to withstand the storm. Eventually, peace will be found, the calm will be felt, and the rains will stop.
~ Today’s Prayer and Meditation ~
Heavenly Father, let thy peace still my troubled heart in these days of darkness. While the tempest is raging, you are the light and hope guiding me in all truth and understanding. I rest in your care as you bring calm to the raging storms that seek to sink my faith and hope. Bless me with the courage to face those dark days. For I do not stand and face them alone as you are with me. Surround me with those who love and continue to inspire me. Give me the strength to overcome as you have overcame the world. Through your Son, Jesus Christ, I stand firm and solid on the foundation of his love and truth. Amen.