God is my Rock

A woman I know has gone through way more trials than any person should have to face. She and her husband have both endured multiple surgeries. They've both been through cancer. Her husband has faced long-term unemployment. They adopted two children who came from very difficult circumstances and have walked with them through making sense, or struggling to make sense, of their backgrounds.

Last winter began another crazy cycle of surgeries and trials for my friend and her family. Hip surgery, shoulder surgery, back surgery, arm surgery, another back surgery, unemployment, knee surgery, all in the space of one year.

Yet this woman is the most positive, Christ-centered person I know. I have never heard her complain. She has certainly come to the point of asking God why so much is happening to her, but she doesn't whine about her problems. From my human perspective, I think she has a right to whine just a little.

As I've observed her journey through so much pain and hardship, there is one idea that stands out: she has made God her rock. Because He is her refuge, she can smile and trust Him no matter how much craziness surrounds her.

I love you, O Lord, my strength.
 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
    my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
    and I am saved from my enemies.
~ Psalm 18:1-3

My friend has formed a habit of calling upon the Lord, praising Him, and then trusting Him completely to save her from the enemies of sickness and financial distress and family discord. She is a living testimony of God's steadfast love and faithfulness.

You and I can develop this habit, too. Instead of going to my first response of whining and complaining about my circumstances, I need to cry out to God. When I've surrendered my trials to Him, I can praise Him before others who ask how I'm doing. "God is good," I can say because I can know with certainty that God is with me, and He is my rock.

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Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.


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