|sweet Christy, and her youngest, Mia on Christmas Eve|
All these years later, I look at her and I am still saying it: I want to love Jesus that much.
None of us are guaranteed health. None of us are guaranteed life this day or the next. None of us. We do not control what comes into our lives on a grand scale. We can only choose how to respond when things come up. I want to respond with full out trust of my God. I want to wholeheartedly respond with worship. Because, I also know that He has every right to take any of my children home with Him at any time. They are all on loan to me from Him. It is my job to raise them, protect them from harm, and teach them to honor Him with their lives. But, I have no control. I do not get to choose which battles they will have to fight in this life, and I certainly can't control the choices they make as those battles come. I simply have the privilege to teach them what His Word says is best. I have the honor of relaying His faithfulness to them each day, whatever may come. I trust Him.
Hear me when I say I trust Him. With all of our lives, with everything in our lives. He will not fail us. He will not let us down. He works everything together for our good. Everything.
"Precious friends. Your words of comfort are so sweet to my heart. "Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed." Isaiah 54:10. Even in this I will bless the Name of my God who is worthy of all honor and glory and praise for now and forevermore."Oh friends, I want to love Jesus that much.
I pray that I will have faith like hers. That I will be able to praise God when that time comes.
I am amazed at His goodness. I don't understand it, but I've seen over and over that He supernaturally draws near to the brokenhearted. He will not forsake us. He won't. I've seen Him uphold the hurting, and it makes me fall to my knees in worship, because it's too great for me to comprehend. It gives me such hope.
He is Holy. And He is good. He will never leave or forsake us.
When husbands are taken unexpectedly, when children pass away- our God is still God. And He still loves us.
Even when our hearts are hurting, He does not abandon us.
That is the GOD we serve. Holy and righteous, and full of love and mercy.
There is no other god like ours.