I awake with a start, heart pounding after tossing and turning and fighting for safety in a night terror…they are starting again. Trying to rob me of peace and rest! I know that this is the way it is, off and on. Unexpectedly they start, but they are much less frequent now; and for that I am very thankful! Then, I hear in my soul “I am with you. They are not here. They can NOT hurt you any longer!” Oh, THANK YOU LORD! His still sure whisper is a ROAR that drives away the panic that I had awakened in.
GOD is my comfort and strength and truth, and a VERY PRESENT HELP in the middle of the night! Especially ones like this one! Battles and chaos come on like thieves in the night. There is no way to know when it will happen. We can prepare our hearts and should for just such times.
Just as I settle a bit, and head downstairs for a drink of water~a huge clap of thunder freaks out our dog and she bolts down ahead of me. Now, it is time for me to comfort a terrified dog. Meanwhile, I am having difficulty even getting a breath. Literally. You see I have been battling physically to get well from a long stretch of lung illnesses.
REST! Rest they encourage…but tonight and the rest of the next day and into the next evening~ that simple act seems to completely elude me. Yet, I can sense that in my Spirit I am resting and even worshipping and praying. As praise songs filter through my brain and I lift up conversation to ABBA God. In time it will manifest physically and my heart rate will slow and my breaths will become more regulated.
What a wonderful TRUTH and comfort it is: He never leaves us and He implants PEACE (Shalom) in us that outlasts the present circumstances. It’s powerful presence, obliterates the raging storms and very real terrors of this life here in the shadowlands. Hallelujah!
John 14:25-27 (Complete Jewish Bible) “I have told you these things while I am still with you. But the Counselor, the Ruach HaKodesh, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything; that is, he will remind you of everything I have said to you. “What I am leaving with you is shalom — I am giving you my shalom. I don’t give the way the world gives. Don’t let yourselves be upset or frightened.” Yochanan (Jhn) 14:25-27 CJB https://bible.com/bible/1275/jhn.14.25-27.CJB “I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:25-27 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/jhn.14.25-27.NLT
He has been PRESENT since before the beginning! He created humans and then walked with them in Eden; He continued walking with the disciples amid constant antagonism and death threats; HE will be with us to the very end of this age and His Presence will usher us into eternal victory and home; where He will dwell with us forever! We are never without Him.
May this encourage you to look in His Word the Bible for His presence. But, also take notice of it in your own daily life. Seek Him, He is there, He can be found! Then lean back into His faithful arms and let Him carry you through whatever storm you may be facing! As you do, may you REST there and allow His Presence to calm, restore, and rejuvenate! Go REST now!
Genesis 1-3; Joshua 1:9; So Many Psalms, but Psalm 23 clearly He leads us and is with us to restore and rejuvenate; Jeremiah 1:8; Isaiah 41:10; Matthew, Mark, Luke and John; culminating in our eternal abiding with Him and His deep care for us in REV 21:3-4:
“I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.”
Revelation 21:3-7 NLT