Sep 8, 2013

In the Shadow of His Wings

Hide me now /Under Your wings/ Cover me Within Your mighty hand/ When the oceans rise and thunders roar/ I will soar with You above the storm/ Father you are King over the flood/ I will be still, and know You are God/ Find rest my soul/ In Christ alone/ Know His power/ In quietness and trust/ When the oceans rise and thunders roar/ I will soar with You above the storm/ Father You are king over the flood/ I will be still, and know You are God 

When my son was about 3 years old, he was playing "tag" with the ocean as I stood ankle deep in salt water and watched.   As the waves would suck out toward the sea, he would run after them as far as he could and as they rushed back in toward land, he would run as fast as his little legs would carry him toward dry sand.  Again and again he chased and then was chased by the waves, until one time the waves doubled up and the waves caught him and suddenly he was in knee deep water. 

As the waves quickly began their journey back to the ocean, they took my son's feet with them.  Down he went, face first into 6 inches of water.  As quickly as he could, he regained his feet, and wet and bedraggled ran crying to me.  I scooped him up and he quieted as we watched the waves continue to ebb and flow beneath my feet.

Sometimes life is hard.  Sometimes it's hard because of things we've done, sometimes it's because of something someone else did, occasionally it's just hard because of life experiences that are outside of anyone's control.

There is no one I know who has a completely peaceful life, free from storms.  Even my 8 and 10 year old children have their share of {child sized} storms, from struggles in school to drama with friends.

What is your gut reaction when life gets hard?  Do you go into frantic problem solving mode?  Do you "turtle-up" (hide yourself away)?  Do you get angry and fight?  Do you run away from the hurt?  Honestly, depending on the situation, I might do all of these things.

However, I would say my gut reaction is to fight.  When a big wave comes and knocks me off my feet, and I am up and kicking at the water as soon as I can regain my feet. {As absurd as that is.}

This morning I received this scripture in my inbox: "Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely." Psalm 63:7-8

I immediately thought of the beginning of the above song and started humming away.  Recently, I have been experiencing a storm in my life.  It's no longer a hurricane, but the wind is still blowing and my heart is heavy.  I spent a few weeks shaking my fist at the rain, shadow boxing with the wind, and tired myself out.  My next reaction (besides weary dismay) was to climb into the arms of the One who could carry my burden.

Like my son, wet and weary, climbed into my arms and quieted in the security he found there, we have a place we can go when life's troubles get too big for us to handle on our own.  Read the scripture again, look for the imagery of a loving parent.

Birds protect their young from the storm by covering them with their wings.  Baby chicks will instinctively run to the protection of the hen's wings when frightened or hurt.

Now look at verse 8, "I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely."  Notice first that the verse describes OUR action, clinging to him.  Clinging is to hold on tightly, as He is our only support.  Followed immediately by HIS action, holding us securely.  The use of the right hand implies His power.  So when we are frightened or needing His security, it is by His power that he protects and comforts us.

What a comforting thought!  When the storms of life come {and they will come}, we know that we have the power of Christ on our side.  We can rest secure in that knowledge.  

So what is your gut reaction?  Does this verse give you the same amount of comfort it gives me?  

Blessings on you today!
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