The storms of life come in many different forms. At this moment I am feeling caught up in a storm of "busy". For this reason I am going to keep this very short today, and invite you to do a simple little exercise with me - to simply relax, and reflect up God's word.

Yesterday morning started like most Wednesday mornings. I left home around 6:15 and joined the men's FHL group at church (arriving a few minutes late, also per usual). The day went on to include a wedding rehearsal at Belle Isle, and trip to Ann Arbor, a stop at Wellspring in Livonia to visit my mother in law, and a few hours of office work at church. At 6:00 p.m. (or so) was another wedding rehearsal. During the rehearsal I received a text that set up an appointment for later in the evening, after the rehearsal dinner. On my way home I spoke with Monica on the phone (She is out of town). It was not too much after 10:30 when I finally got home.

This morning I hit the road about the same time as yesterday. I am currently sitting in the surgical lounge at Beaumont of Grosse Pointe. Everything is fine - it's just that someone needed a ride. This is just a little different environment for writing my Thursday's Thirst.

I know I have a "few" other connections to make today - I just received a text that should receive a reply. My goal is to just make it through the day. Tonight, thanks to a friend, Monica and I will get our first exposure to the new LCA and this year's version of the Red Wings.

So, the word that will carry me through - and hopefully help you, too, is the same word that carried the sons of Korah, Martin Luther, and many others. "God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble. Therefore we will not be afraid, though the earth trembles and the mountains topple into the depths of the seas, though its water roars and foams and the mountains quake with its turmoil. ... The Lord of Armies with with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold." (Psalm 46.1-3, 11)

There is more to this psalm that you can read on your own, but I am running out of time. The words for this day are simple: Relax ... Reflect ... and Refuge. In the midst of storms we can RELAX in the arms of Jesus. We REFLECT upon his word and promises. We are comforted knowing that he is our REFUGE and strength.

Have a happy Thursday.