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The Low Places

Life is full of highs and lows. In 1979, my college football team experienced both. In the third game of the season, we scored 17 points in the last 75 seconds of the game to win 28-24, in probably the biggest comeback in school history. Then in what turned out to be the last game of the season, in the first round of the national playoffs against the #1 ranked team in the nation, we had a chance for the biggest upset in school history. With under one minute left in the game and the ball sitting on the one yard line on first down, with the best offensive line in the conference, and with one of the best running backs in the country, who would later go on to play ten years in the NFL, we had four chances to simply gain one yard and tie the game, sending it into overtime. But, the opposing defense rose to the occasion and stopped us cold four times, beating us 21-14, and ending our dream of winning the national championship. After an exhilarating high just a few weeks earlier, we now found ourselves in the locker room with tears streaming down our faces, hurting from a devastating low. And for us seniors, it hurt real bad, knowing this was the last game we would ever play.

Today, do you find yourself in one of those low places? Does the hole you are in feel so deep that even if you yelled for help, nobody could hear you? Is your life spinning out of control so badly that you’ve stopped turning to re-orient and you have simply put your head between your knees to brace for impact?

Today we simply want to say that even in those low places, those dark places, those spinning out of control places, God is still with you, He sees you, and he is still in control. Let us just offer you a few verses that might provide peace in the midst of your storm.

In John 16:33 we read these words of Jesus – “I tell you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

“The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18

When a young unmarried mother with a son, sat alone in a low place in the desert, God met her right where she was. We see these words in Genesis 16:13 – “She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me,’ for she said, ‘I have now seen the One who sees me.’”

And these very comforting words of Jesus, found in Matthew 11:28 – “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

storm-91381_960_720So today, will you trust Jesus, in the low places, in the high places, in the storm clouds, and in the sunshine? He invites you right now to trust in him. If you want to know more about how to find this kind of peace, please contact us at (252) 288-3699.

Dave Garrett

New Bern, North Carolina

10/27/2016

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