Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday by the Sea

"I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God? Why are thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God." ~ Psalm 42:9-11

God is unchanging. He stands strong forever. And yet we still go through difficult and sorrowful times, and we hear the voices of those who ask where God could be in the midst of them. Perhaps one of those voices is our own.

I'm still rather young, and I confess that while I complain, I become stressed over school, and I have had some hard times, I haven't been faced with a lot of tragedy. But I know that no matter the sort of heartaches or pain I've seen or will see, God my Rock will continue to be there--unchanging. And may I remember that if and when tragedies surge around me.

There is a song by Nickel Creek called "The Lighthouse's Tale." While it is a terribly sad song, it paints a picture of a lighthouse that continues to stand and guide sailors even when a horrible tragedy happens. Now, unlike the lighthouse God is omnipotent, and He is in complete control through all of the happiness and tragedies of life. However, like the lighthouse, no matter what happens, we can trust that God is still standing strong and shining His light. And while a lighthouse may erode away with time, God will never fade.

What a comfort! To know that no matter how the waves and the weather of life rage, God will still be our Rock. He is an everlasting Light that has been, is now, and will always be shining with love and hope. (Note Hebrews 13:8.)

"O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God." ~ Psalm 43:3-5

4 comments:

Kav said...

What a great, uplifting post, Amber. Love the lighthouse analogy.

Amber S. said...

Kav,

I hope that it was encouraging to you. :) Thank you for your kind words!

I wasn't sure what exactly I was going to write about or if I was going to write "Sunday by the Sea" this week, but when my ride didn't end up going to Sunday School (just the regular church service), I had time to think and write. God's Word is so beautiful in its truth and hope, and I'm so glad to have been inspired by Scripture, the picture (above) that I took at the Beach Party, and the song by Nickel Creek. :) God is so good!

~Amber

Laura Frantz said...

Amber, Your blog is always beautiful to the eye and soul:) Thought I'd take a break from work and visit. Bless you for such heartfelt posts like this one! Praying for you!

Amber S. said...

Laura,

Thank you so much for the sweet words! :) It was so nice of you to stop by! I really appreciate your encouragement, and I'm glad you liked this post.

Also, thank you for the prayers! :D

~Amber