Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Promise of Strength in Adversity

This morning my friend Gail forwarded an email from an MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) pilot who is stationed in Port au Prince Haiti. David describes conditions as he is able to see them: all around are signs of utter destruction from yesterday's earthquake. Yet, incredibly, his house and the houses of nearby missionaries (though possibly compromised) remained standing. Wisely remaining outside, they are trying to conserve energy--their own as well as fuel for the generator--while attempting to glean information from others around the area.

He writes:

"Given the few facts we have, it seems probable that there has been extensive damage and loss of life.  In spite of all the sorrow, this evening we heard a group from the nearby ravine singing songs of thanksgiving.  Especially in these times, we recognize our need to turn to God.  He is powerful, and the only sure One we can turn to.  He is our Rock."

Amen! This so made me think of Psalm 46:1-3. 

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 
Therefore will not we fear, 
though the earth be removed, 
and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. 
Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, 
though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah."

May we never forget to turn to God in our times of trouble. He is our refuge and strength. Why does it seem easier to turn to Him in extreme danger than when we deal with the daily vicissitudes of life?

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