Thursday, January 12, 2012

Shaken: He Never Walked Away

Messages from Haiti
Photo by B.S. Wise, © 2010

Three years ago today Haiti was struck by an earthquake that forever changed this country and her people and took so many. We were not here then, so I cannot begin to understand or imagine.

A student shared his story with me back in September of 2011 about how life as he knew it was shaken by the quake, but not his faith in the one who never shifts or waivers in His faithfulness. He shared that he rested and rests in God, and in His promises in His word, specifically he rests in Proverbs 3:19-26.

Shaken: He Never Walked Away
(Proverbs 3:19-26)

Earth shifted
Beneath my feet
Shadowing my certainty
Unsettling my sensibilities
Shaking reality
Broken underneath and around me
Now broken within
Scarred and scared
Not resting in . . .

And by His knowledge
The heavens formed
The depths were broken up
And the rain stormed

To His wisdom I will cling
Not letting it depart
From my eyes
Life to my soul
He will provide
Walking safely in His way
My foot feels the tremor
I will not stumble

When I sleep
I do not fear
God is near

The sudden terror
Does not shake
To His presence
I awake

Shrugging off trouble
When the wicked come
The Lord is my confidence
My portion’s sum

© Robbie Pruitt, September 4, 2011

Proverbs 3:19-16

"The LORD by wisdom founded the earth;
By understanding He established the heavens;
By His knowledge the depths were broken up,
And clouds drop down the dew.
My son, let them not depart from your eyes—
Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
So they will be life to your soul
And grace to your neck.
Then you will walk safely in your way,
And your foot will not stumble.
When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
Do not be afraid of sudden terror,
Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
For the LORD will be your confidence,
And will keep your foot from being caught."

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