Rain is not usually a big deal in the Northwest. It is what it is. But. It’s been relentless in the last couple of days. Streams and rivers are rising. Flooding is a concern. Some areas are already dealing with it, others have been alerted, and all of us are to be watchful. Regardless of how smart we are and how much technology is developed, weather impacts our lives.
It doesn’t take much for daily life to be thrown into chaos and crisis. It all comes down to what and who we choose will direct our life. But. The pressures of life often push us from the presence of God. That said, moving away from God is usually a process, occurring little by little. Even when we know God is present; we may become so wrapped up in the stuff that we fail to be actively engaged with God.
When we’ve become focused on pressures and problems rather than on the presence of God, we feel separated from God because we’ve pushed Him out of our circumstances, sometimes avoiding Him and other times doubting Him; however, God is still there for us.
Life doesn’t make sense when we live it on our own. We desperately need to invite God into our thoughts, words, and actions. Good intentions to become closer to God are not the same as intentionally and actively drawing close to Him. It requires time out from the stuff of life –a “sit-down” with God. Psalm 46 says it:
God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
So we will not fear when earthquakes come
and the mountains crumble into the sea.
Let the oceans roar and foam.
Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!
. . .
Be still, and know that I am God! (Psalm 46: 1-3, 10, NLT)
It is on the life list: Take time out and know God in each day, regardless of what is occurring.
To know the presence of God, to know God is our refuge and strength, and to know God is always ready to help, even when pressures and problems rise, flooding into our life as crisis and chaos, we need to be alert and watchful, taking time out to become still, focused on God. When we know the presence, power, and peace of God, there’s nothing and no one who will be able to overwhelm us or distract us from going the way God tells us to go. The thing is . . . when crisis and chaos no longer rules . . . we’re freed from the power of the stuff, trusting God to meet every need, leading us in the right direction.
Put it on your life list: Take time out to know God. Live beyond the rising problems and pressures and the power of crisis and chaos of life.
Learning to Kickstart the day by taking time out to know God,
(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)