When the Oceans Rise and Thunders Roar

21 Oct

Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
~ Psalm 46:10

My lunchtime walks down to the Richmond Canal Walk are therapeutic.

The exercise is good since I’m currently in that season where getting to the gym is not a matter of committment, but a matter of time. It’s great that it’s open 24-hours. But I’m not inclined to give up another two hours of sleep, especially since these days I’m lucky to get five hours.

When the weather is good and my work day permits, I walk from my office down to Brown’s Island and back. In addition to the exercise, it gives me time to clear the cobwebs from my mind.

On days like today, it also gives me the chance to be still. I don’t do that very often. Certainly not often enough. Even when I’m “relaxing” at home, I’m at the computer answering emails, writing blog posts, editing the magazine and the television is going in the background just to allow me to keep up with the news.

I find myself struggling to find that quiet time, alone with myself. More importantly, alone with God.

When the morning is rushed, the bills are due, the child is sick, the wife is heading out of town and I just don’t know how I’ll get through the day, just the very act of getting away is a reminder that I need to be still.

I’m a worrier. Always have been. It’s genetic. I’m constantly playing out scenarios in my head that if this happens, then I can do that. But, more often and not I find myself at the point of not being able to figure it out. And that’s frustrating.

So on my walks like today, at least when I’m listening, the Lord says to me “How many times do I have to tell you that I’ve got this?” Not in so many words. But yes, the reassurance is there that God is in control. And I know that, while He doesn’t work things out the way I’d plan them, He’s never failed us. Never. In times of sickness, or money trouble or family crisis He’s always been there. My problem is that I’m just not quiet enough to recognize that.

Today was one of those days. Walking down the steps of my building I said “Lord, I know I haven’t been spending enough time with you.”

Here’s His answer:

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

Still, Hillsong United

Shhhh! Let’s keep it down…


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