You would think that I’m used to it by now, but God’s perfect timing never ceases to amaze me. We have just wrapped up our journey we called Focus40, where we spent the 40 days leading up to Resurrection Sunday in study and application of the principles of prayer, meditation, and fasting found in Psalm 40. The theme of “praying through a time of crisis” has been a constant thread in our conversation over these 40 days, with the realization that crisis comes… and then comes again. It’s a part of life, so how do we get through it?
Prayer. Meditation. Fasting. Recognizing God-with-us through our adversity, our crisis… our whatever.
Focus40 ended on April 24, Resurrection Sunday. The storms swept through our city, community, state, and the entire southern U.S. on Monday, April 25. Monday night, as a very visible tornado passed over our home, I found myself in the floor of a closet, with my family, praying:
Please, LORD, rescue me! Come quickly, LORD, and help me. –Psalm 40:13(NLT)
In the days that followed, we have seen and heard stories of damage, loss, and pain. We have put immediately into practice the theme we have for 40 days been immersed in:
This is what we celebrated on Easter, as we shared story after story of the God who heard our cries; stories of resurrection. The whole story isn’t just that Resurrection happened to Jesus, but that, in Jesus, resurrection happens! On that Sunday, eighteen people shared our stories of how God has brought restoration, deliverance, help, grace, peace, and love into our darkest moments. We told these stories with cardboard, and it was powerful and encouraging… and it was a moment of preparation for tomorrow’s storms. Today we are standing on these words of praise:
He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God ; Many will see and fear And will trust in the LORD. –Psalm 40:2-3(NASB)
It is our desire through all we go through, that God receives glory! It is a new song that we learn to sing as we wait and pray and fast! It is our vision that many will see and hear, and put their trust in the LORD!
May Grace and Peace be with you as you wait patiently on the LORD.