He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress. I will never be shaken. Psalm 62:2
If anyone ever mentions the words “tilt test” to you, RUN!!!
The past several months, I’ve walked on a rockin’ and a rollin’ suspension bridge. Not really, but that’s how it felt.
I’d be fine one minute and weave the next. I’d bounce off the walls when I went down the hall. Without warning, I’d veer into someone who walked beside me. I’m sure the people who saw me walk my dog thought I was drunk.
After he tried everything else, my doctor said, “Let’s try a tilt test.” Naively, I said, “OK.”
In case you’ve never heard of one, here’s the general premise: tilt the poor, unsuspecting person, head up, at a 70○ angle, and wait until he or she passes out.
It was one of the most horriblest things I’ve ever experienced. After a few minutes, I started seeing weird psychedelic lights flashing in the darkness. Yes, I was a teenager in the 60’s. No, I wasn’t on LSD. I became so disoriented and weak that I couldn’t speak or move.
I freaked out. Something was seriously wrong and I couldn’t tell anyone.
Of course, the nurse who was monitoring me immediately leveled the table. It was still several minutes before I could speak and even longer before I could move.
According to the doctor, my blood pressure dropped like a rock, which is why I felt so terrible. – and why I weave and veer without notice. Two pills a day and I’m back on the straight and narrow.
But what happens when we lose our spiritual balance?
- When our security disappears and our faith drops like a rock.
- How can we possibly stand when everything around us falls apart?
- What feels solid and secure when our worlds spin out of control?
No trip to the doctor and no “magic bullet” can put us back on sure footing.
Only God’s Word can give us the sure foundation we need.
During those times, we can trust the ROCK.
Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Psalm 119:89
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer. Samuel 22:2
Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:4
And my favorite:
He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. Psalm 40:2
Look at these words:
HE set…HE gave.
When I have no security and no stability, He enables me to stand. He holds me on solid ground.
He and He alone is my Rock.
I don’t have to depend on a firm foundation I’ve built on my faith.
He is my Rock – not the number of verses I can quote or a count of my pew-warming presence.
When things tilt and sway, I can trust Him.
He alone is my strength, my fortress and my stability.
Is God alone your Rock or do you depend on yourself?
When has He been your fortress and foundation?