God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Psalm 46:1-3 ESV
One of the things I am not going to miss about Louisville is the crazy weather. Since my wife and I moved here seven years ago, we have been through ice storms, floods, tornados, below freezing temperatures, wind storms, earth quakes, hail storms, and having our building struck by lightning. The other day was not exception to the crazy weather. It had been raining all day, and so we decided to head towards the mall get some errands done. One the way to mall all of sudden we see the road ahead of us blocked off because the stream had flooded over it. Fortunately, we were able to take a slight detour, and we made it to the mall.
Often we go through life like nothing is going on, and we go about our day normally. The true test of our character comes in how we handle the detour. God has a plan for your life, and something gets in the way. It could a family tragedy, a lost job, personal struggles, or even issues with the ministry you are currently serving in. It is not how you handle things when they are going good, but how you handle them when things are tough shows what you really are.
I want to focus this short article practically by asking who or what do you turn to when times are tough? Does your detour involve you turning to God or something else? Peter wrote:
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. I Peter 5:6-7 ESV
God allows the detours to come away in order for Him to lift us up through His strength. God cares for us, and He should be the first place we turn when in trouble. Sadly we tend to look for other forms of stress relief and ways to take the issues off our minds. The alternatives tend to be sinful ones, and they pull us further away from God.
So where do you turn when the streams rise and mountains fall in your path? Turn to God, and see how He will lift you up and demonstrate for you how He cares.