Rocks & Wings

“I wonder. How well did Eve really know God, her Shepherd? She seemed so easily swayed by the enemy’s lies.

Why was Eve instantly gullible?

I believe that even though Eve knew truth, she wasn’t firmly grounded in truth. She knew what God “said” but never fully grasped Who He was—completely trustworthy and good. She didn’t understand He would never hold back any good thing from her.”

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I read these words this morning and immediately found my own story and journey weaved through them. Growing up I knew what God “said”. I went to church. I read my Bible. I even did a “read the Bible in 365 days devotional” one year when I was a teenager. During these same years, I stood in awe watching my mom’s faith and trust and love for “her Savior” become stronger and stronger—even though cancer was eating away at her body.

I recently shared with my son that it wasn’t until years later that I personally came to believe that God was completely trustworthy and good. I often describe those early years of my faith as “riding on the coattails” of my mom’s faith. She had “enough” for both of us.  She was my tangible. She was my rock.

And then my rock was gone. The “free” ride was over and my faith crumbled.  I quickly discovered I had no clue how to fly and navigate this faith journey without her.

To make a long story short, I spent the next decade or so of my life on a crazy, painful, humbling journey that ultimately taught be to grasp Who HE was—completely trustworthy and good.

It was His Wings I needed.  I had a rock to cling to again…but this time it was The Rock, a firm foundation, an everlasting, enduring anchor for my soul.

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“I call to You from the ends of the earth when my heart is without strength. Lead me to a rock that is high above me.” Psalm 61:2

“The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my mountain where I seek refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”  Psalm 18:2

“Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.” Psalm 40:31

“He will cover you with His feathers; you will take refuge under His wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield.” Psalm 91:4 

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