Three years ago, our world changed. It wasn’t as dramatic as a death in the family but it felt sharp, devastating. Parts of life splintered… like old wood that just can’t hold itself together anymore.
Things we thought were strong and well kept, shattered from misuse. Things that had shown fractures burst apart and left pain in the wake. Words were said, arguments were had. The external explosion left us feeling stunned. The illusion that all was well, was gone.
When the stunned feeling passed and the pain flowed afresh, we turned to the Lord. Some days all I could pray, over and over, were the words ‘Please help us Lord.’ As we shored up our defences against the plans of the enemy, we felt the arms of the Lord. We rested in His promises.
Philippians 4:6-7 ~ “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” This isn’t the peace that we know. Not the peace that comes from say a clean house, this is Gods peace. Far reaching beyond anything we can get ourselves.
Psalm 55:22 ~ “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” He will sustain you. What a promise! He will provide a sufficiency of strength, as life is sustained by food, so will you be sustained by the Lord!
Psalm 62:8 ~ “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.”
Psalm 94:19 ~ “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.”
Psalm 46:1 ~ “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
He hasn’t promised that it will always be easy, in fact, it rarely is. He has promised those who love him that He will be there though, through it all.
I will admit that there were times when I doubted. I know that the Lord can do anything… I just didn’t know if he would. I cried so many tears for healing over the situation. There were times I was sure that my heart was going to shatter into dust.
For two years Christmas has felt like a fragment of what it could be. We still celebrated the arrival of the saviour, but the joy was shadowed with sadness.
GOD IS FAITHFUL! Through it ALL, He was faithful. He is true to His word. He sustained us.
As an added blessing… He has made things new!! Working, as He does, behind the scenes.
This year, Christmas takes on a whole new dimension. This year the joy flows! What once was lost, has now been found. What once was in pieces, has been made whole…. well, as whole as things on earth can be. I better understand now the parable of the ‘Prodigal Son’ that Jesus told. (Luke 15:11-32) I used to only identify with the prodigal son himself (and, too often, I still do). Now, I’ve had a glimpse of what it must have felt like for the father in the parable. The agony, the longing… the waiting…..
Then, the abundant joy and gratitude as the Lord moves and heals and draws together!!
Seldom a week goes by that I am not drawn, numerous times, into breathless (and often emotional) thanksgiving for all He has done.
I know that there will be trials ahead. They may be much harder, but God has proven time and time again that He is faithful and always will be.
This song has been stuck in my head since Sunday. It is the banner song for this post. ‘Sovereign Over Us’ by Aaron Keyes.
How about you? Have an awesome story of God’s faithfulness? I’d love if you’d share it! :)