My family has been going through a great deal as of emotional turmoil over the past few months and quite honestly my pain and grief has been so great at times that I have wondered if I would ever smile again, let alone laugh. It is one thing when something is happening to you but when you have to stand by helplessly and watch it happen to people that you love, well I think that can be even more difficult to deal with.
Earlier today, I found myself crying out to God. I know that God is bigger than anything we face. I know that He hears our prayers and that we do not see the whole picture. I know that God is faithful and true and that He can transform the worst situations into something amazing that is beyond our wildest dreams. I know that we need to walk by faith, not by sight and I know that God will never leave us nor forsake us and that His promises are true. I know all of those things and yet I still desperately needed to hear from Him.
I got up, wiped away my tears and opened up my Bible. As I did so, my attention was drawn to a sticky flag that I had placed on a page some time ago. It said, "Habakkuk 3:17-19". I found those verses and read:
Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty,yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.
Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NLT)
Tears filled my eyes as I re-read those words once again, allowing them to flow over and bring healing to my aching and wounded heart.
Yes, we are going to have trouble in this world and there will be times when our hearts will be broken. We may wonder if we will ever truly smile again and perhaps our hope has even faded. We listen for the thundering voice of God, straining our eyes to catch a glimpse of Him racing to rescue but we hear nothing, we see nothing. What do we do then? We remember that God sometimes speak in a still small voice and we wait. We wait upon the Lord.
Today God reminded me that even though my world may be crashing down around me, even though a situation seems hopeless and I feel like I am alone in "the desert", it is crtical that I rejoice in the Lord who is the God of my salvation. He is my strength and He changes my stumbling feet into feet that are surefooted, taking me places that I never dreamed I could reach.
But even though... God is!
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[quote]Though the fig tree has not blossomed and there are no leaves on the vine, though the produce of the olive tree has failed, the threshing-floors have not yielded grain, the sheep are cut off from the flocks, and there are no oxen in the herd; Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, and I will joy in the God my Saviour. (Peshitta)[/quote]wow, what a powerful scripture for those of us who give all and yet have little. going to have to sticky-note this one
There is hidden power and grace in the lips of those that rejoice and praise God; when I say hidden I mean many do not realise the power and presence of God that is released when we worship and praise God.
"Today God reminded me that even though my world may be crashing down around me, even though a situation seems hopeless and I feel like I am alone in "the desert", it is crtical that I rejoice in the Lord who is the God of my salvation. He is my strength and He changes my stumbling feet into feet that are surefooted, taking me places that I never dreamed I could reach."
Isn't it something how a scripture verse or verses we have read and marked in times past is the very thing that will be "exactly" what we need... on down the road?
"We wait upon the Lord." Yes, we wait.
Many s to you today.
Amen. It's sometimes hard to see past our storms, but after the storm we get to see how strong it made us and the new wisdom you've been able to gain from these hurtful experiences. Keep rejoicing in the Lord even when your in pain, just know that this too shall pass... .:)
After your wall comment, I came back to read this because it had stuck in my head. Actually thought I'd written a little message underneath to say I was praying for you but must never have hit the button
As I read through these words again a couple of weeks later, it strikes me just how well you've worked this idea through: "I know that we need to walk by faith, not by sight and I know that God will never leave us nor forsake us and that His promises are true. I know all of those things and yet I still desperately needed to hear from Him."
You perfectly described those times when life leaves us feeling helpless only reassurance from God is enough to settle our mind. This blog makes me thankful to know that God hears us in compassion and meets our needs, by giving us his reassurance when we cry out from that broken-hearted place. Thank you for these thoughts and for the verses. "I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength!"
Grace and peace, K - I'm sorry the comment is arriving late.