Clinging to the Rock

We took the family to visit Niagara Falls recently. I felt the earth shudder beneath my feet as we stood gazing down at the Horseshoe Falls. The rushing water thundered past us as it plummeted to the river below. I felt insignificant as I stared in awe at God’s creation.

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We ventured onto the churning white waters at the bottom of the falls in the Hornblower boat and got soaked in the process. We rode the Aerocar over the swirling whirlpool at the bend in the river. And we walked along the river to witness the incredible strength of the category six rapids.

Psalm 63:8 (NIV) “My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.”

I spotted a rock near the edge of the rapids and noticed a small tree clinging to it. Turbulent waters raced past the tree as it held on tightly. The stone and the sapling seemed like the current would engulf it at any moment, washing it away forever. I watched earnestly and felt relieved to be on firm ground instead of clinging to a rock in a raging river.

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But, isn’t that how we live our lives? Troubles and trails surge around us and threaten to swamp us at any moment. When you are drowning in turmoil, what do you cling to until the waters recede? Just like the river rock I witnessed, Jesus is our rock. We can cling to Him in times of troubles. Unlike the stone I observed, Jesus will never get overtaken by the raging waters. He provides us with a firm foundation against anything problems life gives us. Sometimes, He may calm the waters, but other times He will soothe our hearts. Either way, the safest place to be during a storm, is with our roots sunk deep into the rock of our salvation. Cling to Jesus.

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1 Timothy 1:19 (NLT) “Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.”

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, you are my rock and my strength. When troubles arise, help me to cling to you only. Calm my heart and strengthen my faith to trust in You all the days of my life.

Blessings,

Yvonne – #blogger, #speaker, and #author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

12 thoughts on “Clinging to the Rock

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks

  1. authordlv – Christian writer, author, blogger. Visit my site at https://www.stephendelavega.com.
    Stephen De La Vega

    Praise God that even a sapling can survive during great turmoil, as long as it is clinging to an immovable rock. What a great image of our sure and always reliable foundation, even when falls rage like the Niagra. Thank you for this encouragement.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      You are welcome and God bless

  2. Great encouragement, Yvonne. I have seen the Falls too, and they are awesome. When I have faced raging rapids in my life, even as a Christian, I have had a hard time defaulting to God. My natural inclination is to worry and grit my teeth and do my best. Turning my troubles over is usually not my first thought. Kind of like when I have a headache how praying isnt my first thought, ibuprofen is. Thanks for the encouragement.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      I am the same way. I am working on it so that God is my first option. Thanks for commenting

  3. Beautiful post and very timely for me. You spoke into my day. This part was very impactful to me: Sometimes, He may calm the waters, but other times He will soothe our hearts. I will be writing that down and taking it with me.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks for the comments and your patience

  4. Amen, Yvonne. I want to cling to the rock of my salvation and have my roots firmly planted on Jesus the solid foundation. I’ve never been to Niagara Falls, but I’ve been to Victoria Falls in Africa. Beautiful creation of God to be awe-struck over.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      I would love to see Victoria Falls, one day God willing. Thanks for sharing and commenting

  5. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    What would we do without this Rock! In the storms and wild currents of life, having him to cling to and to stand fast upon is the hope of our lives!

    We have toured Niagara Falls as well! Did you go behind the falls and look out through the sheaf of falling water? The wonder of God’s creation at Niagara Falls is glorious to behold! Such a reminder of the glorious might and unsurpassed intelligence of our God!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      We did go behind the falls and ride the maid of the mist, so incredible. Thanks for commenting

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