Dump truck after dump truck. Load after load. Leaving tire tread up and down our little dirt road.
The heavy rains over the weekend did not go unnoticed. Tense rain in a short amount of time produced fierce streams where water was not meant to flow.
Washed out! Dirt moved in the water’s current. Road vanished under the pressures. Gone. Washed out!
As I watched truck after truck climb up and down our little dirt road my mind swirled and heart flipped inside my chest.
Am I the road? Am I carried away so quickly in seasons of intense rain? Am I caught off guard by the August rain? Do God’s promises wash from me as the dirt in water’s current?
And my heart flips inside me. I do not desire to be as tossed in the wind or caught in the rushing currents of the world around me.
Ephesians 4:14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, NKJV
How do we stand firm? How do we fold fast?
Daily. Daily work. Being present with Jesus. Meditating on His promises.
A few of God’s promises I am reminded of today:
1 John 4:9-10 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. NLT
Ephesians 3:17-18 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. NLT
God is our Refuge
Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. ESV
God is our Strength
Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. ESV
Hebrews 13:5 …“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” NKJV
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. ESV
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. NIV
Take some time to reflect and dig deeper into God’s promises. Let them settle into your heart. When the rains come, may we remain firm and not be washed away, washed out. This is my prayer for us today. Stand firm on His promises!
If I had to take one promise, one truth from God’s Word to stand on through the troubles of this world, it would be the Love of God. Everything else springs from this great Love – it knows no bounds and it is a safe haven of protection.