God is our (my) refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we (I) will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
Can you visualize it? The earth giving way…the ground beneath you breaking into pieces? The actual mountains melting, toppling down into the sea and the mighty splash that would accompany such an event? The water raging so furiously that it shakes the mountains to their core? Imagine standing firm, tall and completely unafraid while all of that is going on- knowing that He is in control. Furthermore, knowing that you’re not in control and there is no clear end in sight. I repeated this verse over and over again when feeling the crushing weight of life during a very difficult time. I even kept it written on an index card in my wallet so I could touch that card when I was reading it or repeating it. God gave me sleep, He kept me present for my kids, and cleared my head so I could sit and wait for His instruction and guidance in my marriage. The strength He gives at the most earth-shattering moments is astounding and I am thankful for that. When I opened my Bible to this familiar verse this afternoon- I was able to remember how He brought me through that time with His strength and His “righteous right hand”. And how I can smile as I read what I have just typed…and see that it’s all in the past tense. He is moving me forward. He is amazing.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass though the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
That is a promise I can stand on. Solid Rock.