Saturday, January 23, 2010

God is our refuge and strength...

Psalm 46
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

As I was watching another news story of the devastation in Haiti, I was struck by a particular interview with a mother there. The 'interview' took place on the streets right in the midst of the chaos and troubles. She said that she cried the first day after the earthquake. After that, she said it was time to stop crying. She lost her children. She has no pictures of them, nothing to hold onto that was theirs. The reporter asked, "Did you at least get to bury them?" She motioned and said something in her language which was translated to...'There was no burial. I just threw them out. There was no place or way to bury them.' I found myself overcome with grief for this mother. Then, the interview continued. This mother opened her purse to show the reporters all that she had left in this life...a receipt of a $90 money transfer from someone, a couple of other small things we would consider insignificant, and then...


She pulled it out and began quoting Psalm 46...personalizing it to herself.
"God is MY refuge and strength!"

Lord, forgive me for complaining over small, insignificant inconveniences in my life! Thank you for the witness of all those who are praising You through their storms. Bless them for their faithfulness. How great You are, God! Amen.


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