Leaning on the Rock–A Contingency Plan
Life can batter us at times. Our plans and hopes crumble before our eyes. People disappoint us. Loved ones get sick. The job we’ve relied on for 20 years is yanked out from under us. Our savings is depleted and we wonder where the next dime will come from.
But in the midst of our terrible circumstances, there is One who has a plan. We think it’s a back-up plan but it’s really the original plan He had all along for us. His plans never fail.
When my plans fall apart, when my heart is breaking, I’ve found that I can lean on my Solid Rock. In Him I can take refuge. And in His arms, He holds me close until the storm passes.
These lyrics written by Jon Stemkoski, who founded the Celebrant Singers, resonate with the peace and stability we can find in the Solid Rock, Jesus Christ.
He Will Be Strong
When all your dreams are shattered
And the load is hard to bear,
in the midst of desperation,
You find it hard to breathe a prayer,
That’s the time to wait and know
Your Father is aware,
His love for you is greater than
The power of your pain.
And in your weakness,
He will be strong,
In your brokenness,
He ‘ll hold you in His arms,
When your sorrows overwhelm you,
And you have an aching heart,
In your times of greatest weakness,
He will be strong.
The Father’s love for you is love eternal.
His grace is greater than your every need.
And even in your very darkest hour,
He’ll pick you up and hold you close,
And wipe away your tears
All your tears!
May you find today that Jesus, the Solid Rock, is not only your contingency plan. He is your only plan–a plan that will not fail.
Giving thanks today for the Lord being my Solid Rock through every facet of life:
321) for peace restored
322) for family celebrations
323) for family gathered around the dinner table
324) for a hubby who finds special ways to show his love
325) for chilly weather at last
326) for the warmth and glow of our fireplace
327) for cozy throws to wrap in like snow bunnies
328) for Italian restaurants that serve traditional dishes
329) for soft, mellow music at the restaurant
330) for our sons enjoying the restaurant as much as we did. Smiling. Laughing. Catching the football game on TV across the room.
331) for Ganache Chocolate Cake–divine
332) for Sunday lunch with friends; a sweet time of fellowship and laughter
What has your heart giving thanks today or looking at Jesus for your Solid Rock?
“From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2 NIV
From My Heart to Yours,
Linking with the Gratitude Community at Ann Voskamp’s Holy Experience
and also participating in the photo prompt from 3 from here and there entitled “Contingency Plans”
A beautiful gratitude list, Janis. And a beautiful reminder that Christ is our LIFE, not just top priority.
Thank you for the reminder that He is sovereign.
such pertinent thoughts, such a solid image, such a heartfelt list. Blessings to you this monday of multitudes and contingency plans!
This is my first visit to Open My Ears, Lord; your post speaks to me of trusting God in all areas of my life. There is encouragement in your words:
“When my plans fall apart, when my heart is breaking, I’ve found that I can lean on my Solid Rock.“
May we always lean on Christ, our Solid Rock.
Blessings and peace.
I needed this today Janis, thanks friend! Ganache is a gift from heaven!!!! ( as are all good things! ) mmmm….I love your list!!!
~Jennifer, it is a comfort to know He is Sovereign!
~misslenbuster, may the thoughts inspire
~MTJ, thank you for visiting, and may the Lord continue to grow you in trust of Him.
~Julie, so good to see you. Glad this blessed you! And a double yumm to the Ganache. We’ll have to do it as a Flicker Chicks treat!
I am thanking God for the same thing that I’m looking to Him for my Solid Rock – my family. My sons, my husband. I am so thankful for them, they mean so much to me. And yet, this is a time of uncertainty, and a time when I must lean on God to take care of them and guide them.
Thanks for your very encouraging words. God is truly “Plan A!”
(If you have time, I’m posting tomorrow about Marty, our beagle!)
So very nice to meet you. I love the lyrics you have posted and what a great photograph. Wishing you a blessed day.