My Mosaic (Aug 5)
I had a few extra days at the lake with my littlest while the others went off to camp this week. While I'm not a better playmate than her siblings or friends she was happy to have some "mommy and me" time.
A nice beach afternoon shifted to a stormy night. The weather got a little crazy and we were on a tornado watch that evening. I sat in the sunroom gazing over the writhing lake, as the sun went down, the wind whistling and black circling clouds looming above.
Usually I have the windows open, letting the lake breeze flow through, but it's amazing how quickly you can start to freak yourself out. With the ominous weather I started hearing the wind whistle, questioning the low ceiling of clouds and whether they were rotating and then I heard what sounded like a train. Okay it really was a train, but I decided to close the windows and the patio door and just sit inside rather than incessantly imagining.
It was quiet inside.
I could watch the chaos outside but there was stillness indoors. We batten down the hatches when there's a storm, preparing and securing what we can, then we stay still and wait it out.
"He is my steadfast love and fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge" (Ps 144:2).
David was a mighty warrior and a renowned king, but rather than bolstering his confidence in what he could do, or had done, he drew to his knees in humble dependence on the sovereignty of the Lord.
This week when you come across difficulties, may you be encouraged in the grace and strength of your Fortress. Batten down your hatches and take refuge in the safety He provides.
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