To Patiently Persevere
Psalm 27:14 – Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
There are many illustrations in God’s Word of individuals waiting for the promises of God to come to reality.
John 16:21 – A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.
When God let me know that I was pregnant with our second child, Bobby and I had mixed emotions. Our first child came into this world with several medical issues and some of those medical concerns were still being addressed. Not only were there medical issues with our first child, but our first child was only going to be fifteen months old when our second child was born.
Our first child required enormous amounts of attention because of his medical situation. My mother nor Bobby’s mother lived close so they could not help on a regular basis. By the time Bobby arrived home from work, I was beyond tired physically and emotionally.
God’s Word still applies to our lives even today. His Word reveals who we are and what we are not. There is nothing left out of God’s Word. We see the good, bad and the ugly.
Hebrews 4:12-13 – For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Several past Presidents of our wonderful country either said or implied that character does not matter.
1 Samuel 16:7 – But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
God judges by faith and character not appearance. While most of us spend hours maintaining our outward appearance, we should be spending more time developing our inner character.
Psalm 119:125 – I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.
We need discernment so we can understand and apply Scripture where we need help. God’s Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path, Psalm 119:105. However, God’s Word only goes to work when we apply the lessons, commands and examples to our lives.
Psalm 119:18-19 –Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me.
Our pilgrimage on this earth can resemble many different forms. We can relate to our journey as being in a boat on the calm waters but suddenly dark hovering clouds producing lighting, thunder, and hurricane winds come out of nowhere seeking to capsize our boat with us in it.
Another form of our traveling this pilgrimage of life may mirror taking a road trip. When finances were and are limited, Bobby and I enjoy just hitting the open road to see where the bends, twists, and turns will take us. Our natural GPS system usually takes us to the North Georgia Mountains or the Great Smokey Mountains.
John 1:5 – The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
The darkness of evil never has and never will overcome or extinguish God’s Light. My mind tells me this every day. However, this extremely long dark tunnel Bobby and I have been in since January 2013 is trying to convince me otherwise.
Our journey here on earth can be just a few years or our life can be over many decades. My dear caring, compassionate Uncle’s life’s journey here on this earth has expanded over eighty three years.
We can allow the storms and the deep dark valley experiences in our lives to make us bitter, resentful, unforgiving and hateful or we can allow the twists, turns, ups, downs, pains, disappointments and heart breaks to turn our hearts to God for Him to comfort us and in return use us to comfort others.
As our storm continues to blow the rain and wind from all directions, Bobby and I have a sure and stable GPS from God’s Word that gives us clear and precise directions no matter whether the rain and wind is causing us to steer forward or making us go through another detour.
Bobby’s Grandmother was a woman who weathered many difficult storms in her life. She was not an individual that pulled you up in her lap and wrapped her arms around you but she was an individual that said love in so many other ways.