In the Eye of the Storm

In the eye of the storm, You remain in control.
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I am in conflict with two important truths.
Trials and trouble are necessary
Trials and  trouble bring me closer to You.
It is difficult for me to embrace J. B. Phillips translation of the expected reaction to trials and trouble in James 1,
“When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends!”
Friends??
The Spirit is willing, the flesh is weak.
I have to settle it in my heart that a deep relationship with the Lord, comes from a willingness to go where He leads, even into the eye of the storm.
My devotional this morning read as  follows,
There Bible never plays it safe, denies reality, or offers a cosmetized view of a fallen world.
The Bible never tricks you into thinking things are better than they are.
The Bible is very candid about the hardships, the storms and trouble, but it is also gloriously hopeful.**
In the eye of the storm-
You remain in control
In the middle of the war
You guard my soul
You are the anchor
when my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me
in the eye of the storm…
He controls the storm
He guards my soul
He is my anchor
He surrounds me with love
In the eye of the storm.
Help me Lord to realize when my faith is tested in the storms of life that I am never alone. That I can trust you to do good by me.
Even when it overwhelming
Even when the news is bad
Even when I don’t understand
Even in the eye of the storm…..
*Ryan Stevenson-In the Eye of the Storm
** Paul David Tripp- New Morning Mercies
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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. I believe everyone has a story to tell and more than we know, we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement a time of great unrest and change. The dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that would lead me as Bilbo Bagging in the Hobbit wrote “there and back again” ( ironically the Hobbit was published on September 21st 1937 the same day as my birthday although not the same year). On that October day in 1978 when I was miraculously and wonderfully saved it would naturally follow that I would take that love of music and use it to serve the One who created music. But that is a story for another time. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story ends and the story that goes on forever begins! I love these words that will keep me going through good days and bad, ever headed to that place where the Spirit and the Bride even today says "Come". And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.... and the promise for all who follow Him " I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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