June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, each of our EmpowerMoments will be based on Black music for the entire month. This includes Black songwriters, producers or performers. Stay tuned as we use various genres of Black music to tell our stories and exemplify the beauty of God’s love! He can be found virtually anywhere if we earnestly look for Him and listen intently! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!
rock [rok], noun: a firm foundation or support
The Lord is my ROCK, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my ROCK, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. (Psalm 18:2 NLT)
At some point we all experience various storms that come into our lives. Some storms are mild rain showers, while other storms rip through our lives like typhoons. Some storm sessions leave as quickly as they come; the sun starts to shine soon after the first dark cloud appeared. Then there are those storms that linger on for what seems like eternity. There is no indication of sunshine anywhere in sight and the rains and winds seem to be increasing, rather than tapering off. The downpour in your life may be in the form of relational, financial, legal, physical, emotional, familial, or any other type of issues. Whether you are in a tornado, hurricane, tsunami or even desert storm, one fact remains the same. It doesn’t matter how long or short, nor how strong or weak the storm is, not many of us are volunteering to weather the storm! We simply want someone to come and rescue us!
Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” (Matthew 8:23-25 NIV)
As the storm began to overtake them, even the disciples—those closest to Jesus at the time—cried out for help! They just wanted to be saved from their storm and they called the one who they knew could save them. They clung to their ROCK! Just like their storm, our storms come to see what we are truly made of. Is our faith genuine? Do we REALLY trust God to protect us and keep us safe from all harm? Do our will and thoughts align with what He has destined for our life? Our storms are either God-ordained or God-approved to expose what lies deep in our hearts and fully develop our faith. Hence, Jesus’ response to His disciples: “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” (Matthew 8:26)
God allowed that storm to come to reveal what little faith they had and calmed the storm to increase that little faith. But what about when our storms are a result of our own actions? Does He still come to our rescue? Read about Jonah’s blatant disobedience, the violent storm that followed as a result and how God saved him after he repented here. Even if you have messed up, God loves you so much that He still wants to come to your rescue! He is still your ROCK!
I’ve been in a tsunami storm in my marriage and we thought that the demise of our marriage was inevitable, but I clung to my ROCK and He saved us! I’ve been in a hurricane storm dealing with family issues, but I clung to my ROCK and He restored our connections. I was in the middle of a severe sand storm and could barely see anything as I dealt with my baby girl’s health issues, but I clung to my ROCK and He completely healed her! I’ve been in a blizzard as I battled cold feelings of rejection and depression, but I clung to my ROCK and He delivered me! Today, I’m in a loud thunderstorm of financial issues but I continue to cling to my ROCK because I know that my God eventually calms EVERY storm when He sees fit! And all He has to say is, “Peace, be still!” and the winds will completely cease and everything in my life will calm! (Mark 4:39)
One of my favorite spoken lines in Sade’s Lover’s Rock says, “When I need a place to swim to in the storm, I think of you.” Now I pose these questions to you: Who is the first person you think of to swim to when you need rescuing? Who do you cling to in your time of storm? Your mother? Your father? Your best friend? Your boyfriend? Your food? Your alcohol? Your money? Your job? Or the only one who can save you from the storm—Your ROCK?
I want to first say thank You for my storm! I know that if You allowed it to storm in my life, it’s because You need me to learn something and increase my faith. Calm my storm and rescue me in Your timing. In the meantime, as I weather the storm, remain right here with me and protect me from being blinded, suffocated, drowned or killed from the elements in my storm that seek to overtake me. Lord, You are the Rock that I cling to in the storm. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Storm Survivors, today I EMPOWER you to cling to the ROCK like your very life depends on it, because it does! I EMPOWER you not to try to shorten your storm’s duration, but ride it out so that you acquire everything that God intends for you to gain. Remain encouraged in your storm by remembering that your storm is not designed to take you out; it’s only intended to take you higher! Recite what Sade sings, “I know I won’t fall apart completely.”
As you listen to Sade’s Lover’s Rock, reflect on your Rock — Jesus!
Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible and other non-fiction pieces. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and three lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.