Each spring, the melting snows flow into the Madawaska River. From its source in Algonquin provincial park, it spills from lake to lake, punctuated by hydro dams along its course, until it meets at last the Ottawa River. The lakes rise and break their chains of ice, and one by one the hydro crews open the dams to release the pent-up waters to the waiting lakes below. Often the dams are frozen and coated with manacles of ice. My brother once filmed the opening of Mountain Chute, one of the dams; the force of the released torrent cracked the ice wall like crisp candy, and it crashed with fury and great splashes into the water below, with a deafening roar.
Such powerful forces of nature were known to the prophet Habakkuk: “The mountains saw You and writhed; the raging waters swept on; the deep gave forth its voice; it lifted its hands on high.” (Habakkuk 3:10 ESV) He wrote at a time when the nation of Israel waited in anxiety and confusion for an oncoming Assyrian invasion, and people were very afraid. Yet Habakkuk knew that God was still looking after His people.
The torrents of water are strong, but our God is mighty, and has intervened to save His people many times in the past. God is merciful, a Saviour who rescues us when there seems to be no hope: “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will He keep His anger forever.” (Psalm 103:8-9 ESV)
God is our Saviour, who has given His Word and is to be trusted: “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; He makes my feet like the deer’s; He makes me tread on high places.” (Habakkuk 17:18-19 ESV)
Today, if you are glancing around in anxiety, remember His might salvation, His rich mercy, and that our God is worthy of your trust.