I read a story of a man that recounted his near-death experience. The article told of how he was standing at a sandbar, waist-high in the water, when he was suddenly caught up in a riptide. Yes, a type of strong and powerful current known to have swept some people out to a watery grave. In the midst of fighting to free himself, he was injured. Visions of his family members flashed before his eyes and he knew he really wanted to live. Fortunately for him, two men came along in his time of need and saved his life. He not only gave credit to the two men, but also to God.
As I read the story, I began to feel a little uncomfortable as I thought of him being unexpectedly swept away. The more he fought for his release, the more trouble he seemed to be in. It occurred to me that this is a lot like life sometimes.
My last couple of months have definitely been touched by the unexpected.Maybe you’ve had some experience with this as well. You’re just going through life as usual when, out of the blue, something happens or you receive some news that snatches the rug of normalcy from under you and sends your life into a tailspin, and you can’t pull yourself out of it. The feeling of being overwhelmed and thinking no one can help you. You long for your old familiar routine, but your life just keeps spinning more out of control.
Whoooaa! Fortunately, we have a heavenly Father who can do anything. “With God all things are possible.”During one of my quiet moments listening to God, I felt He was impressing on my heart to look to Him. No matter how crazy things get, look to Him. When you don’t understand why this thing happened, look to him. When you’re trying hard to bring things back in order and it seems impossible, look to Him. He is steady regardless.
As the song written by Helen Lemmel says,
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.”
That’s right. In the eye of the storm or the center of a tailspin, God has a way of bringing calm into any situation. Sometimes He shuts the situation down and sometimes He steadies you in the midst of it. Either way we are saved.
Isaiah 26:3 says “You will keep in perfect peacethose whose minds are steadfast,because they trust in you.”
Oh, what a wonderful gift this is. Once your soul is steadied, then you can hear God’s voice clearer. You can make better choices. You can wait peacefully. You can be calm in the midst of the spin.
Try Him. Trust Him. You’ll see.
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Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.