The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2
When I saw all these beautiful purple irises thriving right out of a bed of total rock I thought, well now THAT is an image of the beauty in overcoming!
Sometimes I think what we see as the “inconvenience”, like the iris seeds may have seen the overhead rocks, may really be what God is using to shield us from stormier winds that threaten to steal His seed from our hearts. Maybe it’s the inconvenient rock that is actually our refuge and what is holding us strong against stormier rains (and snow in MAY!). Maybe the inconvenience we want to complain about is actually saving us!
I was reminded that Jeremiah preached faithfully over 60 years without a positive response to his message! And Paul sang faithfully in prison! We are all called to walk by faith and not sight (2 Cor. 5:7) but what keeps us rooted in faith in the storms of life that we can’t understand and can’t make sense of?!
I know that He uses His Word (John 15:3) and circumstance (James 1:2-4) as pruning tools. Romans 8:28-29 states He can work all things according to His good purpose which is to make us more like His Son. In John 17 Jesus prays for us to be one in Him, to know His love (verses 21-23). John 15:5 states it’s only in Him that we can accomplish anything and that we can do all things through Him who gives us strength (Phil 4:13).
The safest bet when I’m required to walk in faith and not sight is found rooted in His faithful Word. Psalm 61:2-3 From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for you are my refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. Cling to the Rock Who’s promises never fail.
We are all “nuts” – great mighty oaks are just the nuts that refused to give up ground – may we faithfully bloom where we are planted for the display of His splendor!
Independent Read: Phil. 1:6, Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 36:9, Romans 15:13, John 14:1-2, Isaiah 43:19, Eph. 3:14-21, Is. 61:1-3, Romans 8:37