Day 63: I trust You, Lord. Even in the eye of the storm. Psalm 121
If you've never been through a hurricane, pray that you never do. In the beginning of it, things become nice and cool. The air is crisp and welcoming. It feels like a gentle breeze Holy Spirit delivered just for you. As things began to pick up, the air remains cool but not so gentle. It slowly becomes harsh and sharp - sharp enough to slice through the hardest matter you may think. Depending on the storm, you may feel like you are in a whirlwind. Things begin to spin around you. The air is so thick, you can see the funneling it creates – small tornadoes spinning in the midst. As the water in the funnel spins, it slaps your face with a blast of salt - you know it's straight from the ocean. And suddenly, things die down exponentially. The sun comes out and the sky looks like nothing is going on. This is the eye of the storm. Within the eye is pleasant weather. No loud whistling of the wind. No salty, funneling sea water. No itty bitty (or grand) tornadoes. Just clear open sky. If you aren't careful, you may find yourself in a very dangerous predicament once you start to leave the eye and enter into the backend of the storm.
At times, this is how life can feel. Things look so rough, that you don't know how you will survive it. Just when things began to look up, you're hit with another big wave of negative events that really bring you to your knees. While on your knees, look up!
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. Psalm 121 KJV
Some scholars believe this psalm was written when David was in battle with his son Absalom, presumable after David fled the Kingdom (2 Samuel 13-19). Imagine, your own son plotting to kill you or take away everything you have! This was Absalom. What’s sad about this story is David was heart-broken over what happened with Absalom. Absalom killed his brother, his father’s other son. David had to mourn over one son dying, one daughter being raped, and another son’s ‘banishment’. Scripture doesn’t say why David didn’t pull Absalom back into his ‘bosom’, but one can guess it was unkingly to do so. Nevertheless, David left Absalom where he ran off to for three years. You can call this the front of the storm. It’s pretty bad at this point.
After Absalom returned, he was banned from the ‘castle’ and had his own home. When he was finally let back in (the eye of the storm), Absalom turned on his dad and began to turn the people against David. Again, imagine your own child trying to take your kingdom from you! Absalom conspired against David and David finally ran. As this point, David was entering the worse part of the storm. The end of it was far worse for David. His army went to war with Absalom’s army. Although David told his army to be gentle with Absalom, when they found him caught by his hair, they brutally killed him. David lost another son.
In the beginning of the storm things looked bad. When the eye passed, things looked up. At the end of the storm, it looked worse and David ended up one less son. Through this storm, David didn’t lose sight of God. He looked to the sky. He sought God. He remembered that God had his back no matter what. He knew God never slept. He knew that no matter what happened, God would keep his mind sound. He knew God would bless his every step.
Things may not look good right now, but don’t lose sight of your God. He has not left you. You may be in the eye of the storm just waiting for the back-end of it to pass. Look up! Get down on your knees and LOOK UP. He’s there. You will win in the end. He promised and He never breaks His covenants.
Gazing in the Son,
Keiyia JOYet George
Trust Walk: Walking in His Steps coming soon!