Affirmation Bible Reading: Matthew 28:20
“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
As a child I loved the story about Noah and his Ark. It fascinated me that he was able to collect two of every kind of creature in the land and we would laugh about how difficult some of the tiny creatures must have been to find. On stormy nights when the wind howled outside my bedroom window and the rain pelted down on the roof of our house, I would reflect on how terrifying it must have been for Noah and his family as the Ark bobbed around on the open ocean. I was in awe of how brave they must have been and always wondered how it was that Noah had so much faith in the wooden craft he had built. As an adult, I realise it wasn’t the sturdy gopher wood craft with careful dimensions, that Noah had confidence in. His confidence was in God, who made heaven and earth. His trust was in the God who shut him and his family, along with all the creatures, inside the ark.
Genesis 7:16 says: ’The Lord sealed them in.’ The inhabitants of the Ark did not survive the 40 days and 40 nights of flooding because Noah was a great, first-time shipbuilder or the ark building material was fail-proof or that they were all just lucky. They survived because God shut them in and shut out all possible dangers. He stopped the floodwaters from entering the Ark. He stayed with them for the duration of the flood and kept them from going under. During your times of trial, He will do this for you too.
Whatever is troubling you right now, remember, you are never alone, God is always with you. Feel free to lay down your fears at God’s feet. Don’t allow your fears to shipwreck your faith. Noah and his family believed that God had a way and they patiently waited for God to call them out and reveal His way. They trusted His timing and felt secure under His protection. We know that they were keen to leave the Ark, because Noah sent out a bird to look for dry land on several occasions, but they waited upon God for over a year, trusting that He would call them out of the Ark at the right time. Isaiah 40:31 says: “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.Rabindranath Tagore
You are precious in His holy sight and you can have the same faith in God as this little bird. Call out to Him and feel the warmth of God’s light surrounding you, particularly when the days are dark.
Play this beautiful song called He will hold me fast by Keith and Kristyn Getty as you do the breathe exercise today and meditate on the words.
When you feel anxious, you might notice strain or tension in your muscles. This muscle stress can make your anxiety more difficult to manage at the moment you’re experiencing it. By relieving the stress in your muscles, you can usually reduce your anxiety levels. Do the following to relieve your muscle tension during moments of anxiety:
- Sit in a quiet and comfortable place. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Breathe slowly into your nose and out of your mouth.
- Use your hand to make a tight fist. Squeeze your fist tightly.
- Hold your squeezed fist for a few seconds. Notice all the tension you feel in your hand.
- Slowly open your fingers and be aware of how you feel. You may notice a feeling of tension leaving your hand. Eventually, your hand will feel lighter and more relaxed.
- Continue tensing and then releasing various muscle groups in your body, from your hands, legs, shoulders or feet. You may want to work your way up and down your body tensing various muscle groups. Avoid tensing the muscles in any area of your body where you’re injured or in pain, as that may further aggravate your injury.
Pray: Dear Lord, help me not to be afraid or discouraged during the dark times in my life, but to rejoice because Joshua 1:9 tells me that You will be with me wherever I go. You never let go of me and You will supply all my needs. Thank you, Father God. Amen.