Yesterday as I was reading through my "Streams in the Desert" devotional, a particular poem by Annie Johnson Flint caught my eye and spoke to my heart. The main theme of the poem is the word "through".....as in "through the waters", "you will not go down but through", "safely through", "you will pass through"!
It seems that so many of us are being battered by the billowing sea's of life in greater degrees lately. The raging seas of discouragement and emotional stress, sickness and disease, financial set-back, unemployment and unrest appear to be the prevailing wind of late. And for some, weariness in the storm and battle fatigue has dimmed our vision and dampened our hopes of ever sailing peaceful waters and into calm harbor again! BUT, His Word assures us that.....
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with YOU.....they shall not overflow you.
This same scripture in the Message translation reads:
When you're in over your head, I'll be there with you.
When you're in rough waters, you will not go down.
Isaiah 43:2 MSG
Let us steadfastly anchor our heart upon His sure promises and faithfulness, precious friends, and trust the wind of the Holy Spirit to blow afresh upon the sails of our heart, this day! We must hold our course with faithfilled expectation and set our gaze upon the horizon looking for our Rescuer.....He's closer than we think! It is He that quiets our wearied hearts, dries our tears, hushes our storm and brings us through to His safe haven of deliverance, healing, restoration, peace and joy! He will do it!!
I share the poem with you below and added some images that buoyed my heart. I pray that it blesses and encourages your heart as it has mine.....
"WHEN YOU PASS THROUGH THE WATERS"
Deep the waves may be and cold,
But Jehova is our refuge,
And His promise is our hold;
For the Lord Himself has said it,
He, the faithful God and true:
"When you come to the waters
You will not go down,
Seas of sorrow, seas of trial,
Bitter anguish, fiercest pain,
Rolling surges of Temptation Sweeping over
Heart and brain -
They will never over flow us
For we know His word is true;
All His waves and all His billows
He will lead us safely
Threatening breakers of destruction,
Doubt's insidious undertow,
Will not sink us,
will not drag us out
to ocean depths of woe;
For His promise will sustain us,
Praise the Lord, whose Word is true!
We will not go down, or under,
For He says,
"You will pass THROUGH."
Annie Johnson Flint, author
And lastly, I leave you with this image and a scripture that the Lord ministered to me many years ago in the midst of a raging storm in my life and He brought me through!!! Hallelujah! ~ He is Faithful!! I pray that it ministers encouragement to you as well, dear friends....
He hushes the storm to a calm and to a gentle whisper,
so that the waves of the sea are still.
Then the men are glad because of the calm and He brings them to their desired haven.
Psalm 107:28-30 amp
HE IS FAITHFUL!! HE WILL DO IT!! HE WILL BRING US THROUGH!!
Sailing THROUGH life with the Him!