“God you are our defender and protector.”
These past days have been filled with fear and many other emotions, as we waited for the arrival of Hurricane Irma and all that came with it.
In the midst of prayer, faith stood with me.
Years back, a friend was kind enough to share with me his take on faith: “Patty, God will move mountains but you better bring the bulldozer. We have to dig in our heels and not waiver.”*
At one point, the uncertainty and stress was over the top.
When I began to feel the power of the wind and rain banging on the back side of my home, out of my tool box came Psalm 91; a psalm I recite every morning during prayer time. It is filled with promises of what God will do for us, when we run to him.
For the next seven hours, I sat in a chair and prayed without ceasing the 91st Psalm and other prayers; sending Light to family and friends.
As the wind began to dissipate a bit and the rain began to lighten, a sense of relief and gratitude came over me. God heard every word.
Not only did I not lose power (a miracle), but my house remained in one piece with a few issues and some debris.
“You are our God in whom we trust.”
*Awakening the Inner Ticker of Life, pg. 54-55
“A soul united to God and transformed by him draws from within God a divine breath.” (St. John of the Cross)
This week, we have all been in a state of prayer; getting ready for a storm.
There are many storms that come in life; emotional, physical, financial, etc.
Like many of you, there are times in my life that I am afraid. Fear is part of our makeup and nature. It’s ok to have healthy fears. It is the unhealthy fears, the obsessions that can overtake us.
If I use my prayer tools, darkness cannot invade my sacred space.
God does not send us negativity. At Calvary, Jesus said at Calvary, “It is finished.”
We can learn so much by bringing prayer into our life, whether it is embracing the lines from scripture or from another inspirational text.
I remember the first time I came across Psalm 91. This line resonated with me: “You are my defender and the most high my protector. You are my God, in you I trust.” God will stand for and with us when we ask for help.
“We need not fear any dangers at night”. If the sound of thunder drives me out of bed, prayer drops me back in.
Gods promise is: “When they call to me, I will answer them; when they are in trouble, I will be with them. I will rescue them and save them”.
“Lo, I am with you always. I am always with you.”
“A Storm of Wind Began to Howl”*
“What happens when the winds begin to howl and the waves of life are breaking all around you?”*
When we take our eyes off God, we lose power and one’s faith begins to flicker; allowing a dark cloud to form. What rules the day?
Do you have a spirit to stir and “ears to hear?”
God says, “Be not afraid; neither doubt. I am your guide.” (2 Esdras)
God always helps when we don’t know what to do providing a solution in action, while finding solid/holy ground once again.
“I have run the race and kept the faith.”
*Awakening the Inner Ticker of Life, pg. 12 by Patricia A. Zorn
“Fear likes to come and visit my courage.”
The fear that is out there is squashing the individual power in each being and the damage within is severe. It robs one of her/his choices and humanity.
There is no power in fear; it only takes and does not give.
We have come to believe that the very things Christ stood for – “love, justice, forgiveness and kindness will not win out in the end; representing an unattainable goal.”*
One of the greatest stresses in life is waiting for God. Now what?
We are to persevere in prayer; hang on and know with certainty that God will never be defeated.
In an ongoing conversation with God via prayer, we exercise the Spirit; clearing the fear, “With God everything is possible.”
“Keep the light of faith every burning – for Jesus alone is the way that leads to the Father. He alone is the life indwelling in our hearts. He alone is the light that enlightens the darkness.”**
“Fear not; for I am thy rod, thy staff, thy strength and thy hope!”
*My Utmost for His Highest
**Come Be My Light, pg. 264
“The boat was in the middle of the sea and was being battered by the waves, for the wind was against them.
Shortly before dawn Jesus came to them, walking on the sea.
When His friends saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified and said, “It’s a ghost!” And they screamed in terror.
Immediately Jesus said to them, “Have courage! It is I. Stop being afraid!”
Peter answered him, “Lord, if it’s you, order me to come to you on the water.”
Jesus said, “Come on!” So Peter got down out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came to Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he was frightened. As he began to sink, he shouted, “Lord, save me!”
At once, Jesus reached out his hand, caught him, and said to him, “You who have so little faith, why did you doubt?”
As they got into the boat, the wind stopped blowing.” (Matthew Chapter 14)
Now that you have been rescued, what will you do?
Will you swim to shore, embracing the new horizon of the day, or will you wallow in that which does not serve on any level?
Doubt eats away at the very core on one’s Spirit. It sets up an ease of dissension and mistrust in others, believing that things will never be quite right again.
This doubting belief is out of the contrary and goes against the grain of the goodness of God, and what he wants for each of his children.
Now, take a moment, look closer at the shoreline. What do you see?
Do you see light in the midst of it all? Do you see hope in the dawn of a new tomorrow?
Will you embrace that which is calling you to it?
“I am telling you child that I am always around you. When you doubt, give it to me.” (30 Messages of Hope, page 8)
There is no separation in time or being.
Last week, I encouraged each of you to “Go Deep”, take a moment and reflect on that inner most part of your being.
There is a direct parallel between the issues in the body of water known as the “Gulf”, and the issues deep within man.
For it was written that the changes would come about, and the seas would rise, shift and change; so it is that man must rise, shift and change.
Just as there is a core in the earth; there is a core within man.
The core that resonates a strong and tall vibration is fear.
Fear is the variance of evil within man at this time.
You see, every time there is a shift or change in the earth there is a shift or change within man.
The earth, she will do what she needs to do as it is.
Man, however, has a choice. She/he can choose to stay in a state of fear or hopelessness, or ascend to a new level of seeing and being.