Lenten Devotional: March 26

Psalm 19; Psalm 46; Psalm 66; Psalm 67;
Jeremiah 14:1-9, 17-22
; Galatians 4:21-5:1;
Mark 8:11-21

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Psalm 46

I grew up on the coast of Virginia, Hurricane Alley, and am well-acquainted with the awesome, sometime terrifying, power of the ocean. The imagery of mountains falling into the heart of the sea is unfathomable to most of us in North America, and certainly in Virginia, but it could happen. That which we think of as terra firma could indeed be shaken to its core and fall away into the ocean.

Unfortunately, in our day-to-day lives, this happens figuratively all too often: a marriage falls apart; one loses the security of one’s job, one’s home, or one’s belongings; one loses loved ones and friends to tragedy or illness, or we may find our own health and well-being in jeopardy. The earth really feels as if it gives way beneath our feet.

Yet what the psalm wants us to grasp is the unshakeable truth that “The Lord Almighty is with us”. There is nothing, not even the mountains falling into the heart of the sea or the earth giving way, which can alter the fact the God is with us. With God all things are possible.

When temporal “stability” seems threatened, we are quite literally “stopped in our tracks”. This would be the perfect time to “Be still, and know that I am God.” Once so centered, we become aware that God is indeed with us, and we need not be afraid.