Finding the Oasis in the Whirlwinds of Life



Whirlwind. The meaning of whirlwind is this….a column of air moving rapidly around and around in a cylindrical shape. Here is the definition for a whirlwind of emotions….a situation in which you experience many different emotions, or a lot of other things happen, one after another. Get it? This describes 2020 for us collectively and for most of us, individually as well.

About 2 years ago, I went on a retreat to “Eddy Farms.” We had time to sneak away for some peace and quiet with God. I sat down amid a garden-like setting, next to a river. As I sat there, I heard the sounds of rushing water. I looked all around the river and spotted a waterfall. It was so beautiful. It was small yet full of life as the water ran over an array of rocks. I marveled at the sight. Here is an entry from my journal that day….

“I saw a little waterfall straight ahead and was wowed. It was somewhat hidden, but I saw it. I closed my eyes, breathing in…thank you, Lord. I opened my eyes and turned to the right and saw “IT.” A HUGE, rushing waterfall (like the ones from Fantasy Island back in the day). It reminded me of En Gedi, my oasis. I felt God say to me, “Daughter, that little waterfall is nothing. Open your eyes. This is what I have for you!”

This moment with God back then was so significant. I was in the midst of a whirlwind, I can’t remember exactly what it was, but I was swirling with emotions about something. I remember studying En Gedi. En Gedi is an oasis of caves and waterfalls where David took refuge; it was his hiding place.

Here I was sitting, hiding out with God. He was comforting me and reminding me of His goodness. He wanted me to trust Him and allow Him to provide BIG for me. The little waterfall was incredible, but when I took the time to be still, listen to Him and open my eyes, that small waterfall was minuscule compared to the raging, BIG waterfall beside it. It was literally right beside it, but I didn’t see it.

Being the word geek that I am, I googled “Eddy,” the name of the retreat center we were at. Eddy is a circular movement of water, counter to the main current, causing a small whirlpool. Oh my word, God was really showing off. You do know He delights in the details!

As we ventured back to our meeting, we read a devotion and what stood out to me was this sentence… “create an oasis of excellence right where you are and have a clear understanding of your identity.”

Now, girls…..this was 2 years ago, and I haven’t forgotten this moment. AND on top of that, I cleaned out my office today and found the notebook with my journal entry. He delights in details!

Here is what I have learned and want to share with you.

Yes, we are in the midst of a whirlwind! Co-Vid, quarantine, racism, riots, economy, election. Add in your own personal struggles….mine are job loss, empty nest, moving. But the good news is this, we have an oasis in God, our hiding place. We can focus our eyes on what is right in front of us, but if we turn our heads just a little bit, we may just see something beautiful we didn’t expect to see. Let God WOW you in the details. Take some time to be still and quiet with Him. Open the eyes of your heart. Create an oasis of excellence right where you are and have a clear understanding of your identity. You are the Daughter of the King. Royalty. A Princess. God delights not only in the details but YOUR details. To survive any whirlwind, we must trust who God is and who we are in Him.

I have always loved Psalm 91. The title for this psalm in my bible is “Safety of abiding in the presence of God.” Let this be our prayer in the whirlwind.

Psalm 91

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]

2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,

my God, in whom I trust.”

3 Surely he will save you

from the fowler’s snare

and from the deadly pestilence.

4 He will cover you with his feathers,

and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

5 You will not fear the terror of night,

nor the arrow that flies by day,

6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,

nor the plague that destroys at midday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side,

ten thousand at your right hand,

but it will not come near you.

8 You will only observe with your eyes

and see the punishment of the wicked.

9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”

and you make the Most High your dwelling,

10 no harm will overtake you,

no disaster will come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you

to guard you in all your ways;

12 they will lift you up in their hands,

so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;

you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;

I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble,

I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life I will satisfy him

and show him my salvation.”

I love you,

Sharon


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