Townhill Loch, near Dunfermline, Fife. Photo by Alan Kearns.  

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
And He brought them out of their distresses.
He caused the storm to be still,
So that the waves of the sea were hushed.
Then they were glad because they were quiet,
So He guided them to their desired haven.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders to the sons of men!
Psalm 107:28-31 (NASB)

Yesterday was a busy day, my wife was in hospital for a planned operation. I had to leave her in the doctor’s care and find something to occupy myself while I awaited news. It does not matter that it was a minor procedure, you still feel anxious for your loved one in such circumstances. As I pondered what to do, it came to my memory that there was a loch with a park very close by, Townhill Loch. It is a short two minute drive from the hospital, and it was a beautiful sunny day. I had all I needed in the car – water, books and my binoculars for the birds. What a beautiful blessing it was to me, I found peace in this little haven north of Dunfermline. It was a good place to reflect and pray, surrendering all that was on my mind to Father God. It was clear to me that God had guided me to this serene place, to minister to me in my need.

This little haven of rest reminded me of Psalm 107, one of my many favourites, which details the blessings of God’s care for us in facing troubles. Our Father God is not just close by His children, He is in us too! ( (1John 4:16). A big thank you to sister Ruth for making this valuable point in her devotional this morning, it certainly filled my heart with joy. He being in us knows our every need intimately, especially in times of anxiety.

Dear reader, worry not about your needs. Father God will bring you to your desired haven in times of need. In such let us “give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men!”

18 thoughts on “A Desired Haven

    1. That is an awesome thought indeed David, God in us! Susan’s procedure went really well and in good time too (she was moved from 4th to 1st in the scheduled list!). This morning she has had no post-op pain which is great – God is good!

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  1. Absolutely beautiful Alan! The Lord is so good. He hears our cries, sees our need, and provides a way out of our distress. That park looks lovely. Know I am praying for your wife’s recovery.

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