Saturday, June 8, 2013

Be still!

A traveler arrived late in the day at a city when cities had a gate and wanted in for the evening, but law was once the gate was closed, it could not be opened until the following morning.

Disgruntled the traveler moved on toward a ridge a good distance from the city, but not out of site. The sun was setting quickly and the traveler prodded his donkey hoping to hurry it along because the temperature was dropping the sun.

Upon the arrival on the ridge a campsite was chosen with protection from the wind in mind, the donkey was tied up, fire wood was gathered, and finally a fire was started giving him some comfort. The traveler was still upset about being rejected and continued to mumble and complain about his situation when a gust of wind blew out the fire. Misery moved in. Those howling wolves in the distance moved in swiftly. As the tension grew the donkey began to bray loudly broke its tether and bolted into the darkness with food and all.

The complaints became more forthright and they were mixed with a question about God’s love. The disgruntled man hunkered down in the dark; it was cold, he was hungry, thirsty, miserable and totally frustrated. All the time he questioned God about the losses and why they would not let him into the city.

At first light the haggard traveler was just as irritated as before. He happened to notice the smoke rising up through the cold air as he headed in the direction of the city that had rejected him the day before. Slowly, he made his way cautiously and at arrival was totally surprised to find the gates wide open. As he walked through the gates he was appalled by the devastation created by a band of outlaws that had plundered the place during the night.

He raised his head toward heaven only to have God remind him of his complaints, about the rejection he had suffered, the wind that put out the fire, the loss of the donkey, his food and why he was placed in the darkness, oh the darkness that made him feel so vulnerable.

Consider: “But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light,” (Micah 7:7-8; NIV).

Yes, I have used this passage several times because it is a powerful promise of God’s grace and faithfulness. When the unusual storms in, it may be an act of God designed for your protection, not your destruction.

Be still!