Shifting sand

1. My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

2. When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand
.

3. His oath, His covenant, and blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When every earthly prop gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

4. When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found,
Clothed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne!
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand
.

Hymn #370
The Lutheran Hymnal
Author: Edward Mote, c. 1834, cento
Composer: John Stainer, 1873, arr.

I woke up this morning with the refrain of this old hymn ringing over and over in my head. “On Christ the solid rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.”

 

A timely reminder.

A ‘kick in the pants’.

 

A ‘check up from the neck up’ as my pastor would say.

 Since the beginning of this year, I have found myself on seemingly shifting sands. There have been clear indications over these past months that my husband and I are on a god directed journey, but where the path is leading is so unclear and murky. I do so much better with direction, boundaries, and destination known. Really. Just ask my hubby who shakes his head in confusion/frustration every time I have to drive in unfamiliar places and am freaking out.

 

This year has felt big so far and it seems to be gathering speed. Most of the changes in our home have happened in and around my hubby who seems to be taking everything in stride. The problem is me; wondering with trepidation what is going to happen next. All the wherefore’s, how to’s, and why’s flit around and around in my head, never quite landing or clarifying.

 How does one turn that all off???How does one stand on shifting sand? For that is what this year has felt like so far, shifting sand.

How does one turn off the fear? And right now perhaps my biggest fear is that I will, inadvertently, with my fear, hold people back from what God has for them.

 This hymn perhaps is God’s answer to these questions. Stand on, by, with, the solid rock that is Jesus Christ. Hold His hand. Allow Him to lead and hold me.

 And once again I hear, “Do you trust Me?”

 “Yes?!”

 

 

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