But I trust in you, O Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in your hand;
deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
16 Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your steadfast love. ~ Psalm 31: 14-16
In Fort McMurray the flooding has been devastating. Businesses and residences are under water and the threat of more damage is unknown. Residents are evacuated. They wait and watch, helpless to change the situation. Closer to home, the North Saskatchewan River is flowing at its highest level in 34 years, according to a local Prince Albert news source. Trails are flooded, as are smaller rivers in the area. We watch and we wait to see when the river will crest here. We watch and we wait, too, as the flood waters of the Covid-19 pandemic rise in our world. It is unknown when it will subside, or when life as we knew it can go back to normal. In the meantime, we live into a new normal. In Saskatchewan, the government unveiled a plan to slowly re-open its economy. But even with that, we will wait and watch to see what happens with the Covid-19 spread in our area and province. Like rising flood waters, we do what we can to respond and care for one another. Then we watch and wait to see what happens on a daily and weekly basis.
It is very hard for us to live with all of this unknown. To live with so many things out of our control. And it brings to mind Psalm 31. The psalmist has been the victim of gossip and rumor, affliction by enemies and persecutors, rejected at every turn. He is unable to control the circumstances of life. He writes, “For my life is spent with sorrow and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away.” (vs. 10). This sounds dreadful. Yet there is hope. The psalmist acknowledges that he is only able to live and survive this horror because of God’s saving love. The faith statement, “You are my God” offers hope for us. We can acknowledge that our times and our lives are in God’s hands, despite our desire to try and control it. We sit at the sidelines but the God who rescues us from the hand of the oppressor, does not. We watch and wait, but God is active, not passive. Our God acts on our behalf, to save us, and deliver us. But even as we watch and wait, we can do something. We can surrender our control and say, “You are my God.”
God of life and hope, help us to trust in You. You delivered Noah and his family from the flood, You saved Israel from exile in Egypt, and You continue to save us from all kinds of infirmity, flood, fire, peril, distress, pandemic, even Covid-19. But letting go of our control and trusting You is still so hard. Empower us, O God, to take the step of putting our lives in Your hands, to trust that You are the one in control, that You prepare a future for us, and that it is even a better future than the one we can imagine. Help us to trust that in You there is unconditional love, grace, healing, wholeness, and peace. Help us to trust that our times are in Your hands, the best possible place for future to be. We ask all of this in Jesus’ name. Amen.