"I love those moments when my infant daughter's discontent is so easily soothed in my loving arms. There are times when I need someone or something greater and stronger than me to soothe the discontent of my soul. Whenever I turn to the outstretched arms of my loving Heavenly Father, that peace overwhelms my soul. It never fails."
I "stole" this thought from my grandson, pastor Dr. Ed
Choy as he snuggled my great-granddaughter, Karis Leona against his
heart. She became quiet and breathed a sigh of happy contentment. Her
strong Daddy's arms encircled her. She felt safe.
Who of us doesn't echo that feeling when our own discontent,
distress, disappointment, discouragement, despair, or whatever else
assaults us in the daily round of life? Whether it's humdrum mediocre
routine and plodding along in the deadening "same old"
unremarkable ordinary, or on the battlefield of adversities, in the
fear of the "terror by night or arrows flying by day.” Real or
figurative, we need a refuge. We need to feel safe on “a Rock that
is higher than I.”
It isn't sissy to run to a refuge when danger is near. It isn't
lack of courage. It is wisdom to know that there is a safe sanctuary,
a shelter in the time of storm, a welcome when things get tough.
Rock of Ages beckons us. He is our Rock no matter what age we are,
what season of life we are in. The apostle John experienced it
leaning on Jesus' bosom when there was a sense of trouble on the
horizon. “There is a place of quiet rest near to the heart of God.”
We find it “leaning on the Everlasting Arms, safe and secure from
Come back with me, back before the short choruses, the
contemporary music, the worship team. Listen to and join in with the
simple, solid, classic hymn expression of such an experience as to be embraced
in the arms of our Heavenly Father as little Karis nestled against
her Daddy's chest. And then go there yourself....