Light | Reader – Easter 2020
Silence and stillness before God (2 minutes)
Reading: Psalm 61 (NIV)
1 Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.
2 From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 3 For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.
4 I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. 5 For you, God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.
6 Increase the days of the king’s life, his years for many generations. 7 May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever; appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him.
8 Then I will ever sing in praise of your name and fulfill my vows day after day.
When we first moved to the West Coast and made our home on Whidbey Island, I quickly took note of the Tsunami Evacuation Route signs. I've seen the videos of tsunamis rolling over the land and taking everything out in the powerful path of the rushing water. And I've seen the people and animals scrambling to get to higher ground, because that's where the safety was. (I've also wondered, how in the world anyone is videoing these phenomenons in the moment, because I certainly can't multitask that well.) And then, when I was in labor with Mila two years ago, at 3 am, there was an earthquake off the coast and everyone in the room got the alert on their phone - a tsunami warning. No one told me, and thankfully, it didn't happen.
I've never experienced a tsunami in my life. But I have experienced the flood of emotion, over-thinking, over-analyzing that seems as if I am being flooded and overrun in my soul. I am left grasping for solid ground. Psalm 61:2-3, specifically, has spoken so deeply to my heart before, and continues to do so during this time of uncertainty.
Jesus is the Rock that is higher than I. He is the refuge and fortress that I run to when my heart is faint, when I am utterly exhausted. He is the one that stands as a refuge that I - you - can run to. I don't know about you and your exact situation, but as I read online and check in with friends and family, it seems there is a general heaviness. We are all calling out from the ends of the earth - from Washington to New York, Dallas to Germany, California to France... we need help. We need grace. We are calling out for His presence and His peace.
The coronavirus almost seems to have come upon the world as a tsunami. Sweeping through and doing its thing, we were unprepared for what was to come. We are in this moment now and this is the moment - the moment when we turn, and run to the Rock that is higher than us. Let us go to Him as our strong fortress and trust that He will be our refuge.
Question to consider this week: What adjustments may Jesus be asking you to make to your current quarantine rhythms and priorities this week?
Action step: Practice calling out to the Lord when you are wrestling with your own thoughts, doubts or fears. Choose to go to Him instead of distraction or over-thinking. Have grace, the key word here is: Practice.
Prayer: Jesus, I trust that you are my strong tower, you are the Rock higher than I. Thank you for being an ever present help in times of trouble. Would you continue to show me your faithfulness as I worship you through this storm? In Jesus' name, amen.
Conclude with silence and stillness before God (2 minutes)