My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (Psalm 62:1-2)
Do you feel shaken? Has chaos in the world around you taken a toll? Maybe you’re not only dealing with external difficulties. Perhaps it’s a lot closer than that. Maybe the racism and violence we’ve corporately witnessed has brought personal trauma to the surface. Or perhaps you are dealing with a family crisis or unrelenting illness. This is a difficult season for so many. And yet, the One who is our hope is never shaken. He is our rock.
One morning last fall, I spent some time sitting in my favorite window seat looking out over the golden trees, just listening. I’d had a crazy dream the night before that I couldn’t make sense of. In the dream, night had stretched into day and everything seemed muddled. I wasn’t sure where I was or what day it was. When I woke, I was left with a lingering sense of unsteadiness.
As I sipped my coffee and waited on the Lord, his peace came over me. Gently, I heard Him say, “I’m the one who brings light into the darkness. Trust me with your whole heart. When things seem confusing or chaotic, look for the light.”
I believe that God was preparing me even then for what was to come. I didn’t know what 2020 would look like, but He did. There are things that need to be shaken in this world — things that need to come out into the light — but the shifting and shaking can feel unsettling and sometimes frightening. Thankfully, even if the very mountains are shaken, we can rest secure in the One who is love.
We have a choice. We can focus on the darkness or we can focus on the light. Not only is He a secure place for us to rest, He is also our light. He opens the eyes of our hearts and enables us to see with eyes of love. Everything around us looks different when viewed from the security of His love and through the light of His presence.
God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5)
Ask Him today to help you find secure footing and step into the light. When we do so, not only do we receive peace, we become a light for others, and His radiance is multiplied.
Before you go: What if the events that have unfolded in 2020 are not as they seem, but there was something else going on? Join Lauren, Rochelle and special guest Jeff Germain for the second part of a three-part conversation on how we as the church can and should be responding. Tune in on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts.
Shay is a Raleigh-based writer, speaker, adventurer delighting in life, freedom and authenticity. Fusing a love of words with a passion for the one who is Love. Journey with me into a spacious place at shaysmason.com