Our God, Our Rock
by Joy Martin, Co-founder Set Me Free Ministries
Last Wednesday afternoon I hopped onto Facebook to take a much-needed break from some editing when I spotted a post on a high school classmate’s page that stopped my day dead in its tracks. She was asking for prayer for a friend of hers who had been in a serious car accident. At the time, he was in critical condition and waiting to be airlifted thousands of miles to a trauma center. Scrolling down her page, I quickly realized that the man in need of prayer was also a member of our graduating class. And although it’s been more years than I care to admit since we walked the halls of high school together, I found myself overcome with grief. Suddenly, this tragedy felt very close to home.
I immediately began praying for the injured man and his family. I prayed for healing. I prayed for comfort. I prayed for wisdom for the doctors. I prayed for strength for him and his family. And as the prayers poured out, I found myself also offering prayers of thanks. I thanked God for His loving arms, which hold us close in times of tragedy. I thanked Him for the community that had so quickly gathered around this family to cover them in prayer. And I thanked Him that He is God, and He is in control.
My classmate has been stabilized, but he still faces a long, hard road of surgeries and recovery ahead of him. His battle is far from over. And in the weeks and months to come, I pray that he and his family will continue to press into God to get them through their times of pain, questioning, and fear.
As I continue to cover this family in prayer, I am reminded how fortunate I am to serve such a mighty God. This week launches the holiday season with Thanksgiving Day. And while many will celebrate and give thanks for their many blessings, I am reminded that there are many others who are entering this season broken and lost. But wherever you find yourself this year, please know that there is a mighty God who loves you. He is the Creator of the heavens and earth and the giver of life. He is both our protector and our soft place to fall.
Perhaps Psalms 18: 30–32 says it best: “As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.”
Thank you, God, for you are our Rock!