Though I go on in the center of trouble, you will revive me. You will stretch out your hand against the attack of my enemies and Your power will save. —Psalm 138:7
Oh, April … what a month you’ve been!
My good friend, Brian Shilts, released an album this month and gave me permission to use one of the songs in this month’s microvlog. In many ways, I’m in Deep has been a family anthem for the month – often on repeat in our vehicle.
One fun thing to note about the editing of this month’s video: You may have heard that hours after writing this post, on 21 April, we finally had an offer accepted and began taking the next steps toward home ownership. As I was editing this video, it fell into place beautifully to make a shift that very day when things began to turn around for us with an accepted offer … woo! Most of this month’s video clips are shown in reverse (like the madness of a hurricane), but you will see April 21 happily marks the point when things turn around – moving in proper (forward) motion. Keep an eye out for that day as you watch. No matter what comes … this is life and we face it with the Faithful One.
Adrienne and I have been reading through Stream in the Desert by L. B. Cowman. The scripture above and verse below were both offered in the devotion for April 23 … fitting, methinks.
The Eye of the Storm
Fear not that the whirlwind will carry you hence,
Nor wait for its onslaught in breathless suspense,
Nor shrink from the blight of the terrible hail,
But pass through the edge to the heart of the tale,
For there is a shelter, sunlighted and warm,
And Faith sees her God through the eye of the storm.
The passionate tempest with rush and wild roar
And threatenings of evil may beat on the shore,
The waves may be mountains, the fields battle plains,
And the earth be immersed in a deluge of rains,
Yet, the soul, stayed on God, may sing bravely its psalm,
For the heart of the storm is the center of calm.
Let hope be not quenched in the blackness of night,
Though the cyclone awhile may have blotted the light,
For behind the great darkness the stars ever shine,
And the light of God’s heavens, His love will make thine,
Let no gloom dim your eyes, but uplift them on high
To the face of your God and the blue of His sky.
The storm is your shelter from danger and sin,
And God Himself takes you for safety within;
The tempest with Him passes into deep calm,
And the roar of the winds is the sound of a psalm.
Be glad and serene when the tempest clouds form;
God smiles on His child in the eye of the storm.