Storm Tossed?


"O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted, Behold, I will set your stones in antimony, And your foundations I will lay in sapphires." Isaiah 54:11 

I find that when I have a tendency to worry about something it helps me to listen to music or a story as I fall asleep.  It keeps my mind quiet as I listen.

The past few nights have been the kind of nights where I don't want to be thinking.

Music wasn't quite doing it for me, so I found my audio version of "Hind's Feet on High Places."  If you've been following me for a while, you know that Hinds Feet is one of my favorite books and that the main character, "Much Afraid" reminds me of myself at times.  In the story, Much Afraid is heading to the "High Places," the dwelling place of the Chief Shepherd.  The story is such a marvelous analogy of the Christian life.

At one point in the story, the Chief Shepherd is consoling Much Afraid with the words above. 

I think I was half asleep when the words jumped out at me.  "O afflicted one, storm-tossed and not comforted."  In Scripture, the words are written about Israel.  Last night I felt they were aimed directly at my heart.

With so much happening in our lives, storm-tossed, is so apt.  Last night I was not feeling comforted at all.  I have to admit to being afraid for my husband.  I know God is in control - yet the fears were still there.

The verse goes on, pointing to the future, and the beauty and glory that is to come for Israel.  I had to think of the beauty and glory that lies in our future.

Yet, God says, "I know your pain, your trials.  I know it is hard right now.  But, hang in there.  It's gonna get better.  So much so, that you will have a life so resplendent that you won't be able to recognize it."

Are you feeling afflicted?  Storm tossed? Feeling no comfort?

Be assured that the days of overwhelming beauty will come - and they will come from His hand like precious jewels embedded in our souls.

Father God, Thank you that you understand the pain we feel in this imperfect world.  Help us hold on to the promises you give to us.  Thank you for the beautiful future we have ahead of us.  Amen and amen.  


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