Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so that its waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet: so He guides them to their desired haven.
Psalm 108:28-30

I have spent a great deal of time crying out to the Lord lately, and this scripture really speaks to where we are at as a family. Michael and I are weathering the storm, but it can weary me to the point of losing hope. This scripture gives me hope that God will bring us out of our distress and guide us into the haven of His love.
As I was reading this passage in the Psalms, I was trying to imagine what my “desired haven” would look like. Would it be a place where life’s trials could not reach me, or a place where I have everything I’ve always desired? Would it be the big house with the big job and complete financial freedom? Or, would it be the place where God guides me into the haven of His love and protection? I think the latter is the truth of it. He is my desired haven, my shelter from the storms of life. When I cry out to Him, He quiets my soul and brings me peace.
I do not have everything I desire, and I will never be in a place where I will be untouched by pain and trials. But, I do have a God who quiets me with His love and calms the storm of my emotions. This is not to say that He doesn’t remove the storm at times, because He does that too. He is there to bring us out of the distresses, but there are times when He allows it to linger to teach us that He is our true Haven. And this is where I find myself now, waiting for an end to the storm, but knowing that in the midst of it, He is my shelter.
(pictures taken in Cape Town S. A. 2001)