Saturday, August 17, 2013

New Post: “In the Moments of Our Struggles, How Do We Trust God?”

I awoke this morning to a disturbing sound,
and while it didnt immediately cause fear,
my curiosity wondered if it could be dangerous.

My normal cause for fears are for the safety of my family,
so when I saw the tree that fell in our back yard,
I wondered what kind of harm it could potentially bring
if we used the yard at all in the next few days.

Then, it seemed to overwhelm me...
when I thought of the additional concerns on my list today:
I have a sick child,
am caring alone for my two-kids this weekend while my wife works,
and preparing for out-of-town family to come stay with us tomorrow.
And on top of this all...
I now have a yard to clear, and a fence to repair.

Are you sensing the tension I feel?
The house-cleaning alone is daunting-
as it includes laundry, vacuuming, dusting, washing, and more.

What would you do? 
Give up in frustration??

Would you cry out to God: 
“How could You add more to my overflowing list!?!”
Truthfully, the Lord never gives us more than we can bare.

Yet in the middle of troubling circumstances,
we may not realize the truth of these words
unless we add something to them, such as:
When we focus on His will for our lives.

When I went to prison, there were many concerns I encountered,
and most were more troubling than those I face today:
Would my marriage survive?
Could my wife afford the home we lived in?
Would I become sick or injured?
Was there any hope of a job afterwards?
Would I be raped, beaten, or killed while inside?
Could my victims forgive me?
Would I be forced to serve the entire sentence,
or could I be granted an early release?
And if so, how would that come about??

Many more thoughts invaded my mind,
of which there is too many to share.
and in the simple moment of today,
I can thank God for all He has done for me:
Brought me home safely to be reunited with my wife.
After three years of unemployment, 
God brought me to a fantastic job!
I am in good health, 
and we now have two beautiful children.
The requirements for my Parole have been met,
and I have even been allowed to regain my driving privileges.

Will the Lord do any less now?

The answer is, “No- He will provide more than I can imagine.

Because God longs to bless and provide
for those who love and seek Him continually.

Will the yard be cleared and the fence repaired?
Yes, but maybe not today.

Will the house be ready for visitors to stay with us?
Perhaps, and they will love us either way.

Will my sick child recover?
Unknown, but I trust God for that.

And, will I survive the care of my two children...
well, I ask for your prayer in that!

May the Lord bless and keep you,
make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you,
may the Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
and give you peace.

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