Highland Avenue Community Church of the Nazarene in Rancho Cucamonga, California

The Misty Lowlands

ww-mistylowlandsThey go on seemingly forever!

Endlessly in all directions

The misty lowlands!

Trees and swamp—swamp and trees!

Densely shaded beneath the sun’s rays

Only mere tiny shafts of light reaching the ground

Stagnant water and mossy rocks

Lichen growing on the northern side of trees

Decaying leaves

Eerie things filling the shadows

Hidden in the fog

Muddy hollows

Sucking down anything that passes by

Creatures in the night

Slithering and creeping

The hoot of a faraway distant owl

And the mist persists

Engulfing

Filling every crevice of the air

Humid and oppressive

Depressing

But the bog and fog are not out of God’s view

They exist within His created world

Under His sovereign realm and power

The misty lowlands!

Do you ever feel that you are there?

In the misty lowlands of life?

Surrounded by a swamp of despair and heartache

Not able to see the light of day

Sucked under with the cares of this world

Caught in the mire of life

Lost in the fog

Oppressed and overwhelmed

By things out of your control

Filling your every waking hour

Creeping into the sleepless watches in the dark of night

Making your mind wander

Allowing fear and frustration to enter into your thoughts

Taking over

Engulfing your life

Falling into depression and hopelessness

Held in Satan’s grip

Don’t go there!

Remember, you are not out of God’s view!

You are under His sovereign realm, power and control.

You are precious to the Lord!

Your life is in His mighty hand!

Even when you feel like you are in…

The misty lowlands!

Moreover…

God has a plan and a purpose for your life!

And it is not to dwell in the misty lowlands of this world

You were made for realms on high!

Even in the midst of the mire of each day

God’s desire is…

That you trust Him!

That you lean not on your own understanding

That you acknowledge Him in all your circumstances

He will make your paths straight.

He will cause you to stand secure in Him

He is the “Rock” on whom you can depend.

God Most High will sustain you!

In the misty lowlands!

 

Scriptures: Psalm 18:25-36 – …It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. …your right hand sustains me;…
Psalm 40 All – v.1-2 – I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
Psalm 71 All – v.20 – Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter; you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.
Proverbs 3:5-6, 21-26 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart…he will make your paths straight…for the Lord will be your confidence…
II Corinthians 4:7-18 – …We are hard pressed on every side… For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

 

Written June 18, 2013 by Madeline Beber

Trusting God, “even when”

I feel down in the misty lowlands of life.

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