Saturday, September 19, 2009

A Messenger From God

In the early 70's I found myself struggling with my faith. I did not feel close to God and desired a better relationship with him. One evening my husband and I went to a church service with friends and at the end of the service the pastor called people to the altar to pray. I went forward with the hope that I would find some peace of mind in my conflict. Members of the congregation were praying with all of us at the altar, so when someone took my folded hands and lifted them up in praise, I raised my head and opened my eyes to see who was with me. I was surprised to discover I was all alone, even though I still felt the warmth of someone holding my hands in theirs. I believe that someone was not an earthly being, but a messenger sent from God to bring assurance to one of His children during a time of turmoil. I have never doubted God's love for me since that night so long ago.

"Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine..... Oh what a foretaste of glory divine...."

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

A Cabin In The Woods

During the late 70’s I saw a movie that remained a favorite of mine for years. “The Adventures of the Wilderness Family was a story about a family that moved to the wilderness of Alaska to escape the overpopulated and smog-filled big city they were living in. My children used to groan out loud when I would pull the video out to watch yet one more time! It was not the many “dangers” they encountered in the wild that drew me in, it was the beauty of their surroundings, and the lifestyle they chose that was so intriguing. Ever since seeing that movie, when life seems to overwhelm me and I want to escape my difficult circumstances, I often respond with a “cabin comment”. I might be heard saying, A cabin in Alaska is sounding better and better…” or “Where is that cabin in the woods when you need one!”

Just recently I found myself reading The Message translation of Psalm 55. I laughed right out loud when I came across these verses:

“Get me out of here on dove wings

I want some peace and quiet

I want a walk in the country

I want a cabin in the woods

I am desperate for a change

From rage and stormy weather”

I guess I am not alone in my desire to escape to a cabin in the woods! Although there are a few who choose a remote lifestyle (I have read plenty of books about them), most of us cannot leave our stressful lives or difficult circumstances behind to find a full time place of refuge in the wilderness. But a refuge does await us when we turn to our Lord for help. The Bible tells us that God is our refuge and strength, our help in times of trouble. When we turn all our problems over to God, and trust Him to care for us He provides a way of escape….. He is our “cabin in the woods”!

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