We have embarked on a journey through some rough seas this past week. I don't know when the voyage will be over or how high the ocean swells will reach. The maelstrom seems daunting at times. I was praying last night wrestling with God and yet trying to just let Him take care of the situation. He spoke peace to me through Ron Hamilton's song "Oh Rejoice in the Lord" (He makes no mistakes)and from His Word -"Fear thou not, for I am with thee. Be not dismayed, for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee, yea, I will help thee, yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." Isaiah 41:10. He sent me to sleep on those promises.
I awoke this morning to my favorite Hymn "It is well with my Soul" resounding on my cd player for my alarm. More whispered promises....
Today was busy and crazy, a bit more so as this situation added to the crashing waves around me. Tonight I sat here not wanting to go to bed and feeling the weight of the sea bearing down on me. I decided to click on my Bible link and see what my favorite online devotional said for today. More whispered promises... God in His Personal care for me had that devotional based on my favorite passage of Scripture - 2 Corinthians 4:7-9. I do not know why I didn't think of it before as that is what I have leaned on since high school.
I sit here in awe and wonder and near tears as I am so thankful that not only is God promising to be with me through this, but that I can see His Hand holding mine each step of the way. So many people go through life and all it's traumatic trials and never realize that God wants to walk with them through it and hold them when they can't do it on their own.
Each time I have needed something to raise me up to the crest of the wave instead of in the trough wallowing in the current, He has used various means to speak peace to my soul in the exact way that I would know it was Him and Him alone.
God never moves without purpose or plan
When trying His servant and molding a man.
Give thanks to the LORD though your testing seems long;
In darkness He giveth a song.
I could not see through the shadows ahead;
So I looked at the cross of my Savior instead.
I bowed to the will of the Master that day;
Then peace came and tears fled away.
Now I can see testing comes from above;
God strengthens His children and purges in love.
My Father knows best, and I trust in His care;
Through purging more fruit I will bear.
O Rejoice in the LORD
He makes no mistake,
He knoweth the end of each path that I take,
For when I am tried
I shall come forth as gold.