Shifting Sands

Bad news comes and so does good news. What do you do when you hear it? Being far away from family and friends, who are scattered from coast to coast, can really challenge my faith.

A friend is recovering from brain surgery, the doctors removed a tumor and she is now home resting among her family members. It will be weeks before she can go back to work. I praise God for her coming through surgery and now I pray for her recovery.

Friends and family members welcome new babies, move into new homes, and get new jobs and my only answer is to pray– thanking God for His provision.

When bad news comes I pray, when good news comes I pray. I thought though, of dear ones who don’t have a relationship in God and don’t know that God will meet them where they are and bring them through it. What do they do? Where do they turn? How do they survive? How do they find Hope and cling to it in the middle of their storms?

Matthew 7:24-27 Jesus says, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

The hurts will come, the sorrow, pain, struggles and strife are going to be here. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, bold mine). So the troubles may be here, there, and everywhere, but Jesus said, He will be there too.

When times like this come, I think of the classic hymn, My Hope Is Built. I hope the words encourage you to put your feet on solid ground.

My Hope is Built on Nothing Less
by Edward Mote, 1797-1874

1. My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

2. When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

3. His oath, His covenant, and blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When every earthly prop gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

4. When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found,
Clothed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne!
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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