“When I think about the Lord,
How He saved me, how He raised me,
How He filled me with the Holy Ghost,
How He healed me to the uttermost,
When I think about the Lord,
How He picked me up and turned me around,
How He placed my feet on SOLID GROUND,
It makes me want to shout,
Thank you, Jesus,
Lord, You're worthy, of all the glory, and all the honor,
And all the praise..”
While listening to the praise team at my church sing this beautiful and timeless worship song, the lyrics settled in my heart and spoke to my soul in a more personal way than it ever had before. It seemed like each phrase was processing in slow motion in my mind, and I was seeing a replay of all God has done for me in my life, and it brought forth an overwhelming emotion of gratitude for God’s faithfulness and kindness.
All that God has done for me points back to Him being the solid ground in my life. In every moment that I felt like situations in my life were spinning out of control or things were completely shaken and breaking up around me or within me, God always reminded me that my feet belong upon Him, the only solid rock/foundation in my life.
Have you ever been on a boat that was sailing on unsteady waters and it left you feeling disoriented and desperate to get back to land?
I remember being in Florida with my husband on an anniversary trip. We had spontaneously decided on the last day of the trip to go deep sea fishing. Earlier in our trip we had gone fishing for groupers and I had been perfectly fine. But the waters where we fished for groupers and the waters required for deep sea fishing were completely different. As we moved out into the waters it was pretty smooth at first, but once we got further out from the land the waters became very rocky and the boat was tossing around. The boat would be lifted up on a wave and brought crashing down onto the other side as the wave rolled underneath the boat. I was not able to keep my equilibrium in check for very long, and needless to say, I became the sickest I have ever been in my life. This is going to make me sound like a drama queen, but I literally was begging to turn around and go back, was lying prostrate on the boat bench unable to lift my head, and begging God to let it end; the misery of the sea sickness I felt was indescribable. What made it harder was knowing that even if we turned around, we still had the long journey back that I would have to endure. I was so desperate to be back on land, but when we did get back on solid ground I was still feeling the effects of the rocky journey on the boat. It took me a while to get my body up to speed with the change in where I stood, but the solid ground eventually brought my body back to a place of calm and normalcy.
This truly is what God does for us in our situations. In our journey through this life, there will be seasons when we find ourselves sailing out into rocky waters. What may seem like waters we have traversed before can quickly turn into something unbearable and beyond our human control. It's hard to navigate life if we only rely on our human abilities to bring order and stability to chaos, but when we allow God to have His way and be our safe place, He will always pick us up and set our feet on the rock, which is Himself. HE is our sure and steady, solid foundation on which we can stand to find peace, rest, and stability when our worlds are shaken. He is the only true and unshakeable place of safety for our souls.
He is so good and faithful. He is worthy of our trust.
Keep waiting on Him and standing on the solid foundation, my sister. He hears your prayers in every season, and He is your safe place.
God’s word encourages us to trust in Him because He always turns things around for our good.
“I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord. Blessed is the man who maketh the Lord his trust,” - Psalm 40:1-4
Your sister in Christ and in love,