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Shining Moments

I thought my world had come to an end.

   There I was hours away from home

      and my mommy and daddy and two brothers.

Suddenly sent away to stay with my aunt when my mother came down with polio.

Not knowing that I’d ever see my family again.

Not understanding.

Confused and scared.

Lost and all alone.

It was a time of seeming hopelessness that I will never forget.

Four months later my dad surprised me by suddenly showing up

    and taking me back home.

Reunited again our family of 5

   with the best Christmas I could ever want.

Everyone together.

There are times in life when the fog settles in

   covering the obvious from our eyes.

We see no indications of God at work for us.

Matter of fact, all seems hopeless.

We grope looking for something to hold on to

   but find only more nothingness.

Our ears strain to hear something

    anything to show that He cares

   only to be met with silence.

We weep with those who have lost family members

    innocent babies and

      precious children and

        loving spouses and

         parents.

Where are you God? We cry.

And then as if it was yesterday I remember sitting alone on that bed

   so far from home

   and the sound of a familiar voice.

I had no idea what was going on

 as I sat there feeling so abandoned.

But God did know

   and my parents had not forgotten me.

We can not base our beliefs totally on what we see or hear or feel. There is more.

The truth is

    that although we do not understand

      might never understand

          our God knows and is still good.

This verse shines brightly “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vine, though the olive crop fails, and the fields produce no food,  though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in God my Savior.” (Habakkuk 3:17-18)

 

Though the fog continues to surround us

   and we seem to be trapped by what we do see and hear

 let’s praise Him.

Yes, let’s lift our hearts high with praise as the tears run down our faces

We will rejoice in our God

     my Savior

     your Savior.

And if the fog lifts

    we will praise Him

      But if it doesn’t

      Yes, if it doesn’t we will yet praise Him.

     He is still worthy of our praise and we will continue to wait upon Him.

A little four year old girl discovered after a very long, seemingly endless wait

    that she was still loved.

And so are you.

Deeply loved. Infinitely treasured.

Yes, so are you.

Hold on, my friend.

 

 

 

 

Shining Moment

Yesterday God lovingly pushed back the boundaries of my narrow world

  and showed me a treasure house that exists very close to where my girls and I live.

Shining moments all around.

Glimpses of Heaven’s Glory here on earth.

Time and space do not allow me to share alot of the golden moments we experienced

    but one sweet moment made a deep imprint on my heart.

I think you’ll understand why.

Together we walk through the grassy field to see the chickens.

The Farmer explained some of their process of raising the chickens. Healthy, grass-eating. And then I saw it in the distance.

    A little chick on the other side of the fenced in area.  Seemingly carefree. Probably thinking that no one knew. He had gotten out.

Freedom.

What kind of freedom could that possibly be?

But the Farmer saw the wanderer too and pointed it out to me before he strode over close to where the chick was playing.

And he stood.

   Just stood in front of his wandering chick.

That wandering one must have gulped as it saw the familiar shoes right in front of him.

It scurried quickly back to the opening in the fence.

  Darted in and rejoined the others. Who knows what tales he told the others.

In that moment I saw myself

   Prone to wander Lord I feel it

      Prone to leave the God I love.*

  And I saw God’s lovingkindness as He stands

     To show us His Way

                            His Truth

                              His Redeeming Grace

No screaming words were spoken

No harshness

Just that firm position blocking the wrong way

      Revealing the path back.

Calling for a U-turn.

A complete turnabout.

It is all too easy to get off track these days

     to lose our way in a world filled with distractions, easy fixes, and harmful choices.

But like that Farmer

     God stands

        Calling us to follow Him

        Calling us to leave our willfulness and selfish choices

          and let Him provide for all our needs.

Let’s turn our eyes upon Jesus

   and see Him as He stands showing us His Way for our lives

   His Love longs for us to know Him more fully

              and to trust Him completely

                 to care for us every minute of the day

         as we journey through life.

O Thou Fount of every blessing

    Tune my hearts to sing Thy grace. *

 

 

*Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing