“Do not tremble; do not be afraid.
Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago?
You are my witnesses, is there any other God besides Me?
No, there is no other Rock; I have not one.”
In the reading I chose for today, it speaks of God’s everlasting promise to protect us in all circumstances we might face. It’s easy to look at our surrounding situations in life and become filled with terror and bewilderment. I have found this to be true especially during times of transition in our lives. The old and familiar gives way to the new and unfamiliar and it can take our minds and bodies a period of time to adjust. And with those adjustments, as we face the “great unknowns,” that fear can begin to settle in once again.
I remember early in my recovery journey, I would wake up first thing in the morning and be filled with terror and bewilderment. I didn’t know the exacts reasons, but at first thought it might be emotions left over from dreams that I had during the night. But as the feelings of uneasiness increased, I began to question God and ask Him why these feelings persisted. Especially given the fact that they were the very first thoughts that I had upon waking and I truly therefore had no pre-thoughts that would have invoked them.
We must always remember that God is by our side and even when our human minds cannot feel His presence, He is there nonetheless. I began to do more intense morning devotions when my waking thoughts of anxiousness and unease increased and although it wasn’t easy, that thought process soon replaced the terror and bewilderment.
I realize that our brains in wondrous creations of God’s handiwork, but sometimes our previous life experiences and thought processes can cloud our comprehension of His presence. I must remember the disciples in the boat that were experiencing what they considered to be a life-threating storm as Jesus slept in the boat. The tossing and turning of our lives will eventually cease as we learn to put our faith and trust in the one that can quiet the storm and make still the waves.
May peace be with us all this day,