1: the accidental melting of the core of a nuclear reactor 2: a rapid or disastrous decline or collapse 3: a breakdown of self-control (as from fatigue or overstimulation)
Numbers 2 and 3 above describe what happened the night before I left Fort Sill, OK for Iraq on my first deployment in 2007. With my three young kids sleeping in the quarters I rented for the night, Colette and I faced down the reality of what lay before us: I was leaving for combat, unsure of what that meant for us and our future. Would war change me? Would I make it home? She looked at me through her own tears and said she was proud of me. Her words caused a rush of emotions that put me on the floor of the kitchen as I let my guard down, heaving with sobs of anguish under the weight of fear and uncertainty, and the prospect of never seeing my Family again.
Somehow I just needed to get through that episode...which I did, because of the hope that resided in me that day. I recovered, and God's hand of grace was with me over the next 12 months.
The bible says that God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. And because of that, will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. (Psalm 46:1-2)
As the Psalmist wrote these words, it's likely he was not envisioning hurricanes or earthquakes - his words were symbolic of uncertain military threats and political upheaval. Even though he experienced adversity, his faith did not wane - his battles were opportunities to experience God and witness His power to save.
Life's temporary circumstances are subject to change, but God's word is the eternal and unchanging truth!
Be encouraged: Though you face difficulty, God is with you. The fear and uncertainty we experience will melt away when we consider the power of God's love for us, His plan for good, His abiding and tangible presence in our midst, and the enduring promise of His word, no matter what is happening around you, and mostly beyond your control!
LEADER PRAYER: Lord, we're all up against SOMETHING. Challenges related to work, family, deployment, kids, money, relationships, health - and so much more. Without your grace, we face ruin, because of our own ability, we cannot bring lasting peace. Be with us, Lord! So that we not only survive our environment but thrive in the midst of it, confident in your promises, and to your glory! Amen.