My World Stood Still

The whole world had frozen and I wasn’t sure what my future was going to look like

Genesis 8:13-22

Reference: “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” (‭Genesis‬ ‭8‬:‭22‬ NIV)

Explore: “And in that moment my whole world stopped.”

There are only a few times in my life when I have felt this statement was true. A significant occasion when it seemed the whole world had frozen and I wasn’t sure what my future was now going to look like.

The night my father passed away was one of those times. The moment it was confirmed my teenage foster daughter was pregnant was another.

A moment that makes you stop in your tracks and you feel like life is never going to be the same again.

And yet I look back at those times and, although acknowledging that my life has been changed significantly by these moments, I see that life has moved on. I have continued to breathe, continued to love, continued to work and continued to laugh.

There is no denying there are significant moments in my past, but my life has gone on.

Application: God promises to keep the world turning. After wiping the earth of all living things – all but those on the ark – He promised that time would keep moving.

If we experience tragedy it feels like the world has stood still, and yet, we can see it keeps turning. Winter turns into Spring, night leads to dawn and pain gives way to healing.

This is the hope God gave us thousands of years ago, and He gives it to us anew every day.

Prayer: Lord, You know our times of darkness and pain. May we see forward to a time of healing and light and embrace You in the journey. Amen.

When has the world stood still for you?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.