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Light Beyond the Ravine

by | Jun 12, 2023 | Calmness, Light, Peace, Storms

Most Christians vividly recall the glorious moment they invited Christ to be their Saviour, and the world is no longer cold, dark, and empty as we find refuge in His Father’s arms: “My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation.” (2 Samuel 22:3b NIV). He is my stronghold, refuge, and saviour.

Tragically, it is all too easy for believers to lose sight of God in the shuffle of their lives. Our Father does not promise we won’t face storms that will shake and challenge our faith.

During my own spiritual storm, I sat mulling over how sweet life would have been without Adam and Eve, choosing to shake hands with the devil, inviting doubt into what had been the perfect home. Imagine walking with God each morning and listening to His thoughts!

All the while, God was tugging at my heartstrings as I witnessed how He protected the ravine residents from the night’s heavy rain and strong winds. The warm sun filtered through the misty veil, tenderly drying the soaked landscape. A soft voice whispered, “It’s safe to come out now,” so the furry and feathered residents hurried out to play without reservation. Admiring this comical scene, I smiled inwardly. Oh, how I envied nature’s innocence and absolute trust in its protector. 

Looking beyond the ravine, I remembered Christ as our light and refuge, and God as our protector (See 2 Samuel 22:3)!

Friends, are you living in a cold, dark space, feeling spiritually empty? Is your life like a gigantic jigsaw puzzle you can’t fit together?

Imagine walking with God each morning and listening to His thoughts! But as if that wasn’t bad enough, the sun rose even higher, illuminating the billions of dirty water spots on the windowpanes between me and the beautiful world outside. Then, as a gust of air tapped on the window ever so lightly, the same gentle voice from earlier called my name and whispered, “It’s safe to come out now.” 

In that moment of truth, I realized that: “Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without a compass, God’s love encompasses us completely. He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

I had been set free! “…from the law of sin and death through Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:2 NIV).

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for Your lamb, Jesus’ atoning blood, and Your Holy Spirit, who leads us daily. Thank you for delivering your people from the law of sin and death. Thank you for Your Son’s Light beyond the ravine. Amen.

Lois Macdonald