Midweek Push

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


The Lord will keep you from all harm –he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going, both now and forevermore.
(Psalm 121:7-8, NIV)

LOOK FOR THE BRIDGE

This can’t last forever. Those were Shanita’s first thoughts as we were headed out the door and into a torrential attack of rainfall. Mine (Melanie) on the other hand, were look for the bridge.

There was something different about today’s storm. Usually there’s the gripping of the steering wheel and looking around at everything and everyone; the occasional, “Oh!” “Watch out!” or squeal every time we hit a bump or as passing cars splash the windshield. There's the passenger squeezing the living daylight’s out of the door rail or the magical appearance of breaks on the passenger's side! Yet, today’s rainfall although unexpected, didn’t have us going into a tizzy.

We’re sure if we asked for a show of hands, not many would be raised for those that love driving through storms. Many of us like listening to the rain from our safe homes, but getting out into it is a totally different story!

Shanita said her first instinct was to slow down. As the passenger, I’m thinking ok, yeah let’s slow down. Next, she turned on the flashers while I’m pondering, Melanie, gather yourself girl. Then, she maneuvered to the middle of the three-lane highway to avoid hydroplane and after I spotted the bridge, I’m on my phone not even thinking twice about this storm.

Slow down. Turn on your flashers. Gather yourself. Look for the bridge. 

Sometimes when we get caught in a storm it catches us off guard. We find ourselves looking around, panicking, and swerving every time the trial tries to blow us away.

People will go their own pace in their storms. You have to find yours. Slow down and put your flashers on. In the middle of your trial, satan may be waiting to see how you respond. Direct your attention to the Lord. You know that the bridge is coming, so let the light inside of you shine! God’s word reminds us to slow it down (James 1:19), shine our lights (Matthew 5:16), be alert to the adversary around us (1 Peter 5:8-9), and keep our eyes fixed on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2).

Jesus is our bridge...look for Him. For Shanita, she realized when she got to the bridge she could slow down more and assess what was ahead of her because of the clear covering that the bridge provided; for me, I could experience calm for at least a moment to remind me that God still has this storm under His control.

We can’t have the testimony without the test, the miracle without the mess, nor the ministry without the stress. We all will have to go through something. Usually, there's no way to avoid a storm; you will eventually have to go through it. So while you’re going through your present or next storm, remember:

Know your pace and slow down. Put your flashers on. Gather yourself. Look for the bridge so you can assess the situation. Stay Focused on Jesus and keep moving knowing, this storm can’t last forever.


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    1. You are so welcome Sylvia!

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    2. Yes, thanks, this IS a very good reminder to "TRUST GOD"

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  2. I lost my dad last month and while I know where he will spend eternity, I miss his physical presence. I appreciated the sentence "Know your pace and slow down. Put your flashers on." I have been slogging through sadness and have had to give myself permission to slow down. The mental picture of traveling in the rain with flashers on has helped quite a bit. Thank you.

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    1. Cynthia, we are so thankful that you are pacing yourself as you cope with the loss of your father; we all grieve differently; some gradually, others quickly. However, may the Lord continue to strengthen and bless you as you "know your pace, slow down and put your flashers on." He is forever with you and we praise God for being able to share a word of comfort.

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