Until Then

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Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in You I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of Your wings until the disaster has passed.  Psalm 57:1

It never ceases to amaze me how simple phrases in Scripture can jump out at me as if I've never read them before.  This morning it was, "until the disaster has passed."

It gave me pause.  Not that I always consider my life and its events to be "a disaster," but I know there are times I utter those words.

"This is a disaster!" or at best, "This is an incredible challenge!"

As I sat thinking about the words "until the disaster has passed," another phrase entered my mind.  They were the words of an old song, taken a bit out of context, but haunting my thoughts none-the-less.

"Until Then" is the name of the song.

The portion of the song that echoed in my mind?

"Until then, my heart will go on singing.

  Until then, with joy I'll carry on."

I know that sometimes it feels as if the troubles and trials of today will last forever.  Some days it truly feels as if there is no end in sight.  

So words like "until the disaster passed" or "until then" become words to hold on to.

The disaster will pass.

The trials will come to an end.

The day-after-day challenges - the ones that wear me down so - will cease.

I have no clue if the ending will happen in this life time - or the next.  I guess I lean toward the later.  But, you never know.

So, for now, I will take shelter in the shadow of those wings.

And one day, after the disasters have passed, I will emerge from under those shadowy wings which have kept me safe into the glorious light of God's Son.

And until then?

My heart will go on singing of God's loving care.  

And until then, with God's joy in my heart - I'll carry on, because we are assured ... the disaster will pass.

Father God, Thank you for the way you give us encouragement - sometimes with the mere turn of a phrase.  Thank you, too, for the knowledge that the disasters will pass and that, until then, we are safe and secure in You.  Amen and amen.


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