Devotional Thoughts:

Dig Deeper

I love to hike and I often go with my son-in-law, Ken, and my buddy, Larry.  This is a picture taken this past January when we went on a winter hike in the Shawangunk Mountains in New York State.  They are know for their beautiful white rock cliff, which you can see in this picture.  This particular day was not only cold but the windiest day that I have every been hiking, the winds were 60 mph and gusting higher.

In this picture, Ken is closest to the edge of the 400 foot cliff . You can see that his right foot is off the ground, that is because the wind is so strong that it is blowing him backwards.  This reminded me of the story of George Adam Smith, a wonderful preacher and author, who was on a mountain-climbing tour of the Alps. Exhilarated by the thought of the view before him and the triumph of having got to the summit, George Adam Smith ran the last few yards to the top of the peak. Suddenly, a strong gust of wind came up which threatened to blow him over the edge. From several feet away, his guide called to him, ‘Mr. Smith! On your knees, sir! The only way you’re safe up here is on your knees!’

When storm winds blow, we often try to stand on our feet - in our own strength.  We need to fall to our knees because that is where we find stability!  We find stability when we lower our center of gravity by being anchored in Jesus.

When the storms of life come, remember that “God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" Hebrew 25:5-6


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Dave Lyman

  1. When Storm Winds Blow: