through His Word
by Dorcas Asercion Zuniga
We left the store just in time. The once blue sky was overtaken by gray clouds. I climbed into the front passenger seat and buckled my safety belt, while my husband, Zee, secured our son in the back. The first drops of rain hit the windshield right when Zee got into the driver’s seat.
As we pulled out of the parking lot, the rainfall quickened. By the time we hit the main road, the clouds opened their floodgates. Even at the highest speed, the windshield wipers barely put a dent in the watery curtain that blocked our visibility.
The pressure building up inside my chest was stifling.
I shot a look at Zee. His hands gripped the steering wheel firmly; his eyes fixed steadily on the road ahead. I turned my head back toward the windshield. All I could see was water. Panic threatened to overtake me, but I didn’t want to voice my concern for fear I would break Zee’s concentration. If left up to me, we would have stopped until the tempest passed.
A sudden surge in the downpour hit our car with a deafening blast. I quickly turned to our precious cargo behind us, ready to reassure him that all was okay. To my amazement, Zechariah was happily playing with his new toy. He was oblivious to the storm raging around us. How could he be so calm?
Then it occurred to me. He knew his daddy was in the driver’s seat and had things under control. He felt safe and secure in his daddy’s hands. Our son was a vision of peace in the midst of the rainstorm.
I thought about that day as I gazed out the window. The sunshine contradicted the dark clouds surrounding me. There were moments when I entered a lull in my personal “storm.” But then the winds of fear and uncertainty would kick up to the point where I struggled to breathe.
I looked forward to the ending of my emotional turmoil, with the hope that the restoration of a broken relationship would soon be realized. But then, a new cloud appeared and unleashed another downpour. The potential of failing an important recertification exam suddenly overwhelmed me. I begged for Divine intervention to help me slow down my breathing and stop the gush of tears. Storm upon storm. Gusts after gusts.
The image of my son playing peacefully during that rainstorm came to mind. He had no worries because his daddy was at the wheel. His daddy could see the road ahead, and he brought us all home safely.
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you” (Psalm 56:3 NIV).
Trust. In Him who delivered David from many “giants.” In Him who brought me through heartache and pain in the past. But in a moment of despair, I had forgotten how to trust.
Yet, “… he remains faithful forever” (Psalm 146:6b NIV).
As I enter a period of calmness, I remember to release my fears to my Heavenly Father Yahweh*, the great I Am. His hands are firmly on the steering wheel. It doesn’t matter that I can’t see the road before me. He knows the beginning and the end. So, He definitely knows what lies ahead of me in the days and weeks to come.
And what if the outcomes aren’t what I hope for? What if the relationship is not fully restored or the test results in a failure? What if…?
In the face of what should have been certain death in the fiery furnace, Daniel’s companions – Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego – chose to defy the decree of King Nebuchadnezzar and remain loyal to Yahweh. They declared, “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God [Elohim*] we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not…” (Daniel 3:17-18a NIV, addition mine).
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD [Yahweh], ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV, addition mine).
Even if the outcomes are not what I hope for, I will continue to put my trust in my Heavenly Father because He will still be in control. I can rest secure in the knowledge that He will navigate me through whatever storm rages against me.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God [Yahweh]. And the peace of God [Yahweh], which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [Messiah Yeshua*]” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV, additions are mine).
Just as my son fully trusted his daddy, I will trust that my Father will give me His peace as I rest in His Hands.
*Author’s note: I have used the special, Hebrew names of our Heavenly Father and Savior, “Yahweh” and “Yeshua.” “Elohim” is a Hebrew name for God that points to Him as the all-powerful Mighty One. My family and I have received added blessings by using these special Names during our worship and devotions. Thank you for allowing me to share them with you.
© Copyright 2018 by Dorcas Asercion Zuniga
Dorcas Asercion Zuniga
Dorcas loved to write ever since she was a little girl. She wanted to be a journalist, but Yahweh had other plans for her. These plans included a career as a family medicine physician. He also fulfilled her dreams of becoming a wife and mother. But the Master Planner did not forget her heart’s desire to be a writer and has blessed her with opportunities to share her written words. She has written posts for and about her family and welcomes visitors to share in their experiences at thezunigajourney.wordpress.com. Visit her at her website: dorcaszuniga.com. Also reach her at www.facebook.com/dazunigawriter and through Twitter @ZunigaDorcas.
Check out the other posts in this series:
- Calming the Storms Within (Introduction) by Katy Kauffman
- Building Faith through the Storms of Life by Jennifer DeFrates
- Jewell: From Tragedy to Victory by Katherine M. Pasour
- Jesus, the Survivor of the Perfect Storm by Katy Kauffman
- Hushing an Emotional Upheaval by Katy Kauffman
- Shelter in the Storm by Patty Luellen Nicholas
- Grace for Every Downpour by Katy Kauffman
- Sailing into Disaster by Katy Kauffman
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