Powerlessness is not hopelessness

I wanted to share a part of my week this last week. Last week we were in lockdown for Melbourne metro area. Because of work, I spend most of my time in South Gippsland, where I stay in a work-provided ‘crew house’ On Wednesday night in South Gippsland there was an extreme storm. It knocked out the power, the phone lines, and all data access. It was so cold being unable to sleep. In the morning unable to eat, shower and get warm and at work because of the power outage unable to complete my work successfully to the expected standards. The rain and the wind had forced the vessel coming back from offshore to be unable to go out and do its mid-week deliveries. Adding to the pressure of having to prepare everything for a weekend run, without power and the ability to do things the way we usually do.

To say I felt POWERLESS is an understatement but I felt blessed to remember the Serenity Prayer and remember GOD HAS NOT BROUGHT ME THIS FAR TO DROP ME. So we did what we could and by the time loadout came on Friday, with God’s help and support everything came together and the boat sailed with all the food on for platforms required. As I thought about this event I thought to myself “How do people who do not believe in or depend on God when things go wrong?”

Isaiah 30:15 says “God, the Master, The Holy of Israel, has this solemn counsel: “Your salvation requires you to turn back to me and stop your silly efforts to save yourselves. Your strength will come from settling down in complete dependence on me— The very thing you’ve been unwilling to do.

Salvation comes from God alone. Because He has saved us, we can trust Him and be peacefully confident that He will give us the strength to face our difficulties. We need to lay aside our plans and allow Him to take control of the things we cannot change.

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