Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Place of Security in the Midst of the Unknown

by Danetta Kellar

for Teresa

I journeyed to an unknown land
Far across the sea.
I stood upon the darkened shores,
I heard the ocean breathe.

I listened for the sound of hope
Everything was still.
I wondered if the sun would rise
This new place to reveal.

I was afraid, my heart grew faint,
This place was not my rest.
In panic I searched troubled skies
For someone who would help.

I did not know I slept,
Until I gently woke
And found myself upon a rock
The waves crashing below.

The storm rolled dark,
The waters churned,
I closed my eyes to hide;
I opened them again to find
A Warrior by my side.

He shielded me and spoke aloud
To crashing waters deep;
The clamor ceased, my heart was stilled,
Upon my strong safe keep.

He lifted me then,
He carried me,
Over the land unknown;
He brought me gently, carefully
Again unto my home.

I find I have changed,
I am different now,
After my journey long;
The storms that caused such strife in me,
Are now part of my song.

My heart is still, my mind at peace,
And when I close my eyes,
I imagine still the solid rock
Beneath my weary feet.

I see the One who carried me,
I ever feel His strength;
I hear His voice in the tempest,
Quieting the strife,
My journey to the unknown land 
Has given me new life.

There are unexpected, unknown journeys we all must take in life. Sometimes they are exciting and delightful, but others are never wished for, devastating. 

For those who are faced with sudden, life-changing circumstances, there is a place of security even in the midst of the unknown. 

Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. Psalm 112:6-8

I used to believe that Psalm 112:7 meant that for the follower of Jesus, there should never be bad news. It is clear to me now how immature that belief was. But after an early life of pain and trauma, I was desperate to interpret that to mean that I had suffered enough. Now, surely life would give me a break.

However, as the years have passed, I have come to understand that the treasure, the promise within this passage, is actually the promise of security, steadfastness, triumph, in the midst of the inevitable bad news life brings.

Suffering is part of our fallen reality, and it beckons us to a higher road. 

We are invited through the unexpected dark passages of life to walk with Jesus on the path of Trust, a path that is built high upon a Rock. It is a place where fear cannot stand, because steadfastness and security rule. 

This is the secret to facing bad news.

As we trust in the Lord, we will be changed. We will emerge from the storm different than we were before. We will not startle so easily at the sound of the thunder, we will not faint when the knock comes on the door. We will be held up by hands Stronger than our own, and our hearts will be secure even though the pain would slay us. We will look in triumph on our foes.

Lord, whatever we face today, and whatever we will face, increase our trust in you. Make our hearts steadfast, immovable, secure. And may we look in triumph on our foes in Jesus’ name. Amen.

What are you facing today? 



  1. Danetta, I've got a friend who would benefit from reading your poem of hope. Took a minute to chat with her this eve while skimming thru FaceBook; hadn't seen her at her place of work. She said I didn't b/c it wasn't. They let her go with no reason. I hope she sees it as a bump on her "journey to the unknown land (which will give her) new life."
    Thank you for the exhortation.

  2. I hope these words will encourage her. Jesus is our only steadfast anchor at such times of unexpected change. Blessings to you Brick!