There’s nothing like a sense of urgency to get folks moving. An emergency causes immediate action.

Placing faith in Christ is not the result of emergency, but immediate opportunity! What do these next moments provide – right now – for you in your journey as a believer?

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For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.

Psalm 62:5-8

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Following God is never an easy ride. In fact, ironic as it may seem, often the more we do what God wants for our lives, the harder our lives might be. We may be picked on. We may not get everything we pray for. We might find ourselves doing things that we never thought we'd do, such as inviting a unpopular classmate to church, standing up for a friend bullied at school, or even giving money we were hoping to spend at the mall to a missions project.

But the words of the psalmist today are meant to give us hope when we are in these unexpected and difficult spaces of life. God can be trusted. God longs to hear our thoughts. God's word and spending time with faith-filled friends can be refuge for us during our most desperate moments. We can find strength for each new challenge in our lives by simply calling upon the Lord.

Elizabeth Evans Hagan

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God, you are the rock in my life that I know can be trusted. Remind me that even in my most frightening moments, I am never alone. You are always with me. Amen.

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As we work together with him we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, "At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you." See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!

2 Corinthians 6:1-2

Elizabeth Evans Hagan

Elizabeth Evans Hagan is pastor of Washington Plaza Baptist Church in Reston, Virginia, a suburb of Washington DC. She regularly blogs about the art of pastoring and the adventure of faith at Preacher on the Plaza . Elizabeth is married to Kevin, and together they enjoy watching as many movies as possible and planning their next vacation, preferably to somewhere with a beach.

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