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    Cling Tightly

    April 27, 2016
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    Prayer, Faith

    Several years ago, I purchased a hammock in order that my wife or I may have a place to relax peacefully outdoors.  Of course, we rarely find those kind of moments at this stage of life.  

    Therefore, our older two children found a more exciting use for it.  They each take turns wrapping one another up like a pea in a pod and then swing the other as high as physically possible.  They wrap themselves tightly in the woven thread so that they do not fall out when the swing reaches its maximum height.  And, in the midst of the giggles, they also cling very tightly to hammock as an extra measure of dependence as they experience the adventure of the rapid highs and lows.  Don’t worry, it’s safer than it sounds.  I think.

    Consider for a moment the woven fabric of the hammock itself.  It is intricately woven together in such a way that its thin strings have the ability to support a large adult.  Once situated, it can be easy to trust the integrity of the woven nest and rest peacefully within its supporting design. 

    Faith in the Lord can often feel like that.  Although we may not see God, we can understand His character through the variety of Scripture passages that refer to His sufficient strength.  When we believe in Jesus, those passages are woven together and empowered by the Holy Spirit – leading us to trust him as a sufficient source of peace, rest and comfort.  In this way, we trust the things which we cannot see by faith (Heb 11:1).

    However, what happens when a circumstance in life throws our mind, body and faith into rapid motion? At that point, we don’t need more ‘head-knowledge’ about faith.  We need something tangible to cling to…tightly…lest we abandon the arms of the Lord and come crashing down.   

    For me, I have found that memorized Scripture and memorized hymns of worship help me cling to the Lord in crisis.  The Lord tends to bring them to mind when areas of my life enter turmoil. 

    How do you tangibly cling to God when your life begins to turn upside down? 

    Some of you may find that you need to be constantly surrounded by Christian community in order to endure the chaos.  Others may need time to pray and think in silence.  While others may need to express their frustration, sadness and jolted faith in some artistic or athletic way.  When the storms of life come, we need specific and distinct ways to cling to God which may vary from our normal rhythms of ‘resting’ in Jesus Christ through faith.

    As you face this week, I encourage you to pray and look for opportunities to be a help for those in crisis.  We have many in our church family who are experiencing a ‘shaken faith’ this week.  Perhaps you may offer a simple question like, ‘How can I help you cling to the Lord through this storm?’ 

    The grace of God IS sufficient for our needs this week and every week.  This is why the Apostle Paul could truthfully say that he was content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and calamities.  "For when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Cor. 12:10).  All of this is possible because our Lord is stronger than we could possibly know.  Cling to Him.  You will experience His peace again.

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