Two prospectors went to a desert in search for gold. They carefullyÂ noted every landmark, because to be lost could mean certain death. OneÂ night a great storm drove them into a cave, and from there theyÂ watched the lightning flash. Soon the rain began to pour andÂ floodwaters gushed across the desert, ripping up cacti and completelyÂ changing the terrain.
One of the prospectors cried out in panic, “All the landmarks areÂ swept away and we are lost!” But the other man calmly said, “Wait!Â Soon the storm clouds will be gone, and we will see the sky.” SureÂ enough the clouds rolled back and when the two prospectors saw theÂ stars, they found their bearings.
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The prospectors have faded into history, but the panic that one feelsÂ when the landmarks are swept away is still in the hearts of manyÂ people today. People see the landscape of humanity destroyed and areÂ quick to panic. As the prospectors had to wait and look up, so theÂ solution to your concern lies in looking upward.
Two things give me peace amidst the storms of life. One is by lookingÂ at the stars in the heavens, I realize that the God who placed themÂ above, eons of years ago, is the same today. Second, by rememberingÂ the ruins of ancient civilizations, I realize that the problemsÂ confronting me are not here to stay. They are merely part of theÂ challenge of life, and they, like the civilizations of the past, willÂ not be with me forever.
It is by looking upward that gives us bearing when the circumstancesÂ of life are chaotic. There is the anchor of a loving God who neverÂ changes. He speaks to our hearts today amidst the thunder and roar ofÂ life.