Waiting on the Lord’s Answer
Isaiah 48-18 – If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
Monday, August 7, Bobby and I enjoyed a mostly calm rafting trip down the Nantahala River. However, many years back, we traveled down the Ocoee River with our sons and this trip was anything but calming. We could have been afraid because the river was strong and wild, but we had a guide that was extremely knowledgeable of the twists, turns and huge rocks that could have caused us harm.
As we compared the Ocoee with its wild and forceful current to the Nantahala’s gentle and peaceful current, we can mirror this with the rough, blustery, roaring trials in our lives.
August 2003, when I received the phone call from my mother, there was a peace that came over me that words cannot describe. Isaiah 26: 3 – You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Even though I knew that we were walking down the path of her last journey on this earth, God had already prepared me for this journey. I was paying close attention to God’s commands and was listening to His still small voice.
Just as the Nantahala was a calm peaceful trip, God was leading me through quiet waters.
Revelation 7:17 – For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Unfortunately, Tuesday, August 8, Bobby and I went to the doctor because he has several knots that have come to the surface on his neck. These knots have caused pressure and he is having feelings of choking.
At this time, we are not identifying with the current of the Nantahala but with the rough, roaring current of the Ocoee. There is uncertainty with the raging current of the Ocoee, and at the present, we are feeling the same uncertainty concerning Bobby’s health.
He has already had several tests but we are waiting on another test. There is confusion surrounding this test, so we wait.
Philippians 4: 6-7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Whenever we start to worry, we stop and pray, and we do this many, many times every day. However, true peace comes from knowing that God is in control.
Traveling down the Ocoee brought some anxiety but we knew the guide was experienced and he was not going to allow us to be in the path of any harm. As Bobby and I travel down this dark, jagged, unpolished path of suspense surrounding Bobby’s health, we know from past experience, Psalm 23:1-3a, 4 – The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.