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I Shall Not Be Greatly Moved

Good morning. It is Wednesday, June 15, 2022. Jeanette Stark here.

A video caught my eye this morning at about the same time I noticed the headline: “Yellowstone Historic Flooding”.

The almost 6-minute video showed a very large two-story home, topple into the raging water as if it were nothing. The reason it was destroyed was the foundation of dirt under it. As the flooded river raced by, it was digging out a portion of the dirt under the house. More and more until finally the house flipped up on its end and slid into the muddy water. This was posted just yesterday.

Close to 10,000 visitors were evacuated from parts of Yellowstone National Park on Monday. Heavy rain brought flooding and mudslides to the country’s oldest national park. Roads have been washed out and the park is closed. It is believed this is the first time that Yellowstone has ever been totally closed due to flooding.

According to the AP, flooding is due to a combination of intense rainfall and heavy snowmelt. The US Geological Survey said Yellowstone River in Corwin Springs, Montana surpassed its previous record high water level by at least two feet.

Yellowstone National Park's North Entrance Road has been washed away entirely. According to Yellowstone’s Twitter account, the northern portion of Yellowstone will likely remain closed for a substantial length of time due to severely damaged, impacted infrastructure.

In a place where daily rainfall of more than one inch is very uncommon, some areas of the park recorded more than 1.6 inches of rain on Tuesday. Reuters reported that the area also saw warmer temperatures over the past few days, which accelerated snowmelt from the park’s high peaks.

Images from the park this week show severe road and building damage.

I can’t help but think of Matthew 7. This book is broken down into 6 categories, or stories.

The first is warning us not to judge others.

The second is encouraging us to keep asking, seeking, and knocking.

The third talks about the narrow way that leads to eternal life.

The fourth mentions how we are known by our fruit.

The fifth is a heart-breaking scenario where Jesus will have to say to some, “I never knew you.”

And the sixth is the story of two men: one wise; one not so much.

Jesus is talking and says, “These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.

“But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.” Matthew 7: 24-27 The Message

If we build our life on the Rock, nothing will shake us.

1 Samuel 2:2 tells us, “No one is holy like the Lord...nor is there any rock like our God.” NKJV

We might feel the cold rain, we might brace against the bitter wind, we might see things that frighten us, but we will not fall. We will stand firm in the storm, if we build our foundation on the Rock.

“He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense;

I shall not be greatly moved (or shaken).” Psalm 62:2 NKJV

The word defense in the above text means strong tower. Jesus is that mighty strong-hold.

Kutless does a song titled “Strong Tower” some of the lyrics go like this:

Your name is a strong tower, Jesus

To You belong all power, Jesus

Whenever I call Your name

You always come and make a way

Your name is a strong tower, Jesus…

Your name is a way maker, Jesus (Way maker)

To you belong all power, Jesus (All power)

Whenever I call Your name

You make a way

Your name is a way maker, Jesus…

Jesus! In the midnight hour

Jesus! In the raging storm

Jesus! Through the troubled waters

Jesus! I know who to call

Whenever I call Your name

You make a way

Your name is a way maker, Jesus…

Keep your eyes on Him. Remember, He is there in your darkest hours. He is there in the middle of the raging storm. He is there to carry you through the troubled water. Jesus it the way.

“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2 NIV

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