A few years ago, one of our youth created a group text and committed to sending an encouraging scripture to her peers once a day every day. This went on for over a year. That youth is now a college student who still takes time to receive from the Word and share that with so many of us. Today I want to let you in on one of those texts. Thanks Carson Flatt for sharing your gift! We are proud of you!
“I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed. I remember it all—oh, how well I remember— the feeling of hitting the bottom. But there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope:
GOD ’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with GOD (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.”
Lamentations 3:19-24 MSG
In earthquakes the safest place to be is inside a building and underneath a solid structure, such as a door frame or a desk. People may assume that running outside would be safe, but flying debris can cause a high number of casualties. Sometimes when we as Christians make mistakes and our world starts to shake, we feel ashamed or disappointed in ourselves and assume God feels the same way – so we turn away from Him. We run from His house instead of finding protection in it. The misconception is that we can fix and take care of ourselves when in reality we move out from under his protective cover. God is our rescuer who redeems us from our mistakes. Our God is unmoved in times of trouble and stands firm to shield us from debris of evil. When things in our lives are unstable, we can always find safety and stability in Him.