May 10, 2020

A Shelter in the Time of Storm

Genesis 8.8 He also released a dove to see if the water had receded and it could find dry ground. But the dove could find no place to land because the water still covered the ground. So, it returned to the boat, and Noah held out his hand and drew the dove back inside. After waiting another seven days, Noah released the dove again. This time the dove returned to him in the evening with a fresh olive leaf in its beak. Then Noah knew that the floodwaters were almost gone.

This may be an unusual scripture for Mother’s Day. A friend shared it with me this week. Look – right there in the middle – “Noah held out his hand and drew the dove back inside.” Are there times when the world outside feels overwhelming – return to the Father little dove. When there is no where that feels safe – when there is no place to set your feet and the world is a harsh place - we know where we need to be. The Father will always reach out His hand and draw us close to Him. He alone will provide the comfort and safety that will never let us down.

Read on... “after waiting...Noah released the dove again.” This says that we are not captive, we are to be in the world, but we have a place to be cared for: a place to stay until we are ready for the world. (Or the world is ready for us!) I spent many years as a single mom... I have been a mom for over 40 years … and there have been many times I was grateful for the hand that drew me into a safe place. Grateful to know that regardless of the heartache I was feeling, I knew a place to go for support and rest.

There were many more times that I ran to that place to shout for joy! Of all the challenges, of all the victories in my life (short of accepting Jesus as my Lord and Savior) I am most blessed, most grateful, most humbled by my children. I know they had a completely unworthy, imperfect mom – who loves them in the absolute best way I can. If you are a mother, if you are the godly woman in someone’s life – even for a season – Here’s to you.

Live well, love well...and let the Love of the Father guide you and keep you safe.

In Sola Dios,

Pastor Deb