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My husband and I have started a new tradition lately. A couple nights a week, after the boys are in bed and everything else is taken care of, we watch an episode of Little House on the Prairie. We’re still on season 1 and a few nights ago watched an episode called “The Lord is My Shepherd.”
In the first half of the 2-part episode, Charles and Caroline lose their newborn baby boy. It is a heart wrenching scene. Once they both realize their precious baby boy is in the arms of Jesus, Charles crosses the room to his distraught wife, puts his arms around her and pulls from the only comfort he can. He starts to quote, “The lord is my shepherd. I shall not want…”
1. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
And as the episode drew to a close, there they stood, crying in one another’s arms, quoting these words of life and comfort, in the midst of death and trial. I sat there with tears streaming down my cheeks. Not entirely surprising since I tend to be weepy at on-screen tragedies. But this time it was different. It was self-evaluation that brought on my tears.
Do I have that kind of faith and foundation?
Most of us will automatically say “yes, of course I do.” But I wanted to dig deeper. Do I have the kind of faith that turns to Jesus first in times of tragedy and discord in my life? I’m afraid if I’m being completely honest, I don’t know what my answer would be.
Jesus speaks of the house built on a strong foundation, “The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” (Matthew 7:25).
This world is a storm. There is an enemy lurking, and this life is just one big storm that will beat you down. The rain will come. The streams will rise. And the winds will blow and beat against you. Is your foundation strong enough to stand it?
The truth is there is only one foundation strong enough in these times–God. Our foundation has to be Him.
How do I get that kind of foundation?
My friend Jennifer Kennedy Dean wrote a book called “The Power of Small: Think Small to Live Large” In that book, she says this: “Once praise and thanksgiving have become your norm, then when life’s big hurdles and hurts come along, you will respond to them from a whole different place….When the big events seem to come out of nowhere and throw your whole life off balance, you will have been trained by all the small events when you learned to keep your eyes on the provision instead of the problem.”
The foundation in Jesus’ parable wasn’t built when the storm came. It was already there.
So, how do we do it? How do we get the kind of foundation that leads us to Him in all circumstances?
We start small. We start now.
Read the word. His word is alive. And it is life to a Christian. Read it. Memorize it. Hide it away in your heart so that when you are crushed by this world, that is what comes out. It will be a comfort to you and an inspiration to those around you.
Praise Him. God is good and He deserves your praise in good times and in bad. In good times, praise him. In bad times, praise him. In lean times, praise him. In blessed times, praise Him….just keep praising and giving Him thanks. And if we do that, then as Jennifer says, that will be our habit.
It will be what comes most naturally if we foster it.
A friend shared this quote on facebook:
The words of Charles Spurgeon are filled with so much wisdom. I want that kind of faith. God’s word tells us that we should rejoice in our trials. I want that kind of faith and trust–always, no matter what.
And the way to get it starts now. By trusting Him with the small things, and filling my heart and mind up with things of Him and His word instead of the world.