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.
Battles, 1 Samuel 17, to the visible eye, David, the lowly shepherd boy was no match for Goliath, the mighty giant.
1 Samuel 17: 43-45 – He, Goliath, said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!” David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
May brings a time of many memories as well as much sorrow for us. Dad went home to be with the Lord, May 10, 1966. Bobby’s caring grandmother also went home to be with the Lord, May 1981.Mother’s Day is observed on or near one or both of these days, also my mother is no longer with us but with the Lord.
The legacy that each has passed down is what helps take the memories and sorrows and wraps them all together. The tears that fall down our faces are bitter and sweet.
God’s Word is amazing! The Word of God shows the good, bad and ugly of all humans. God hides nothing. He exposes the details of our strengths as well as the dirt and grit of our blemishes.
Ruth 1:20-21 – “Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The Lord has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.”
There are times of great anguish and sorrow in our hearts because of the affliction of an adversary. In these times of emotional distress, God’s voice can be heard in His Word to guide us in these heartbreaking times.
1 Samuel 1:1-20 – v-6-7 – And because the Lord had closed her womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat.
Seventeen years ago, Bobby and I came face to face with a situation that was caused not by our doing but by someone else. We could have approached this situation with denial, blame, running from it or looking for someone to rescue us from the situation. We chose to walk through this situation with all individuals involved with care, guidance from God, and seeking spiritual maturity from all parties involved.
At first, the individuals that caused the situation seemed to want to mature in their walk with God; they seemed to want to provide the best for each person. They were taking responsibility for their actions that caused the situation.
Walking the Christian life is not for cowards. Each time my mother battled her cancer, God provided strength to endure and challenging opportunities to grow in my walk with Him.
The lesson about my mother’s cancer showed me that what we see on the surface is not what is on the inside. Just as the cancer inside my mother’s body was not visible, what is in someone’s heart is not visible. In the same way, what we see in a photo is not always showing the whole truth but what appears to be.
Pictures tell our stories. They tell what is visible to the natural eye, but they also tell what is masquerading, that which cannot be seen with the natural eye.
Thousands upon thousands of pictures are posted on Social Media everyday. Each and every image reveals a story that is plain and simple. However, each scene goes deeper than what is seen with the natural eye.
Bobby and I have been in a bottomless mournful place since January 2013. We have struggled, wrestled, cried, yelled, prayed, and fasted to move heaven and earth for answers from God to understand why He has allowed three different strong raging violent storms to come upon us all at the same time.
In readingDr. Stanley’s Devotion for January 16, 2017, Testing Builds Endurance, Dr. Stanley asked this question, “ Why Would A Loving Heavenly Father allow His children to go through terrible trials and experience sorrow?” When I read this question, it flooded my soul of a past bitter sweet trial that examined my faith and reminded me that God is trustworthy to see me through all my raging storms whether I caused them or not.
What could Jezebel, a human being God created, have in common with the fictional character, Cinderella that was created by the wonderful imagination of Walt Disney another human being God created?
Why watch shows on T.V. like Desperate Housewives, Criminal Minds, The Walking Dead, day time soap operas, The Big Bang Theory, Madam Secretary, Modern Family, Supernatural, The Good Wife and Empire when you can find all the crime, sex, murder, in the Bible.