“When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them” Isaiah 41:17 KJV
From a common cold to cancer, drug addiction to needing a transplant from loneliness to being fulfilled. From homelessness to living in a castle; financial quagmire to broken homes, from barrenness or being on the mountain top. From when you are in the valley and you feel as though you will never get out. Even from what seems final with death, there is nothing too hard for God. Indeed, many times I have cried out “How am I going to get through this?”; “I cannot bare it anymore..” Or “How long Lord?” Even “it’s unfair, why her?” Long suffering works patience. It bares fruit & fruit comes from The Source of The Vine, who is Jesus Christ. I have been in those valleys & I have had to learn to wait. I have learned to wait with patience and more than not, I have learned to wait impatiently but I have had to wait. There is something about the ‘way’ we wait which transforms our valley. It is the condition in which we wait. There are times when our valley requires much tears, snottied bawling- sometimes in a bawl. Driving & crying tears streaming down. At work tears where you have to blink them away, yes much tears. God sees these tears. There are times when being in the valley causes anxiety but there are times when our valley produces great strength like David’s, fighting & winning the victory over Goliath. Never forget the victory! God collects our tears in a bottle & they are before Him in The Throne Room “as a sweet smelling saviour”. God is “moved with the bowels of mercy & compassion” towards us, when our tears fall. They matter to Him. In every valley we ought to praise God & I am learning this more over & daily, as the Word of God tells us to ‘celebrate’, especially in darker times & “in everything give God thanks”. Even in something which starts out as a molehill, I praise because when that stubborn mountain shows itself angrily, from behind the beautiful sunshine I was experiencing, it’s my praises to God which keeps me going. When we praise, the glory of The Lord comes down on us and fills the very environment we are in, transforming the valley into a golden field. Gods Light floods the valley uplifting us into Heavenly places. David said “yea though I walk through the valley of the shadows of death, I will fear no evil” Psalms 23 why? Because The Lord is His Shepherd. His rod & staff will comfort & protect us.
Our daughter is currently unwell and each time I look at her ashen face, I pray & then I praise God for her healing to break forth. I cannot make her better but the God I serve can. I praise God for what He is about to do & what He is doing behind the scenes. I thank Him for the wisdom & knowledge He has given doctors in their capacity as medical caretakers then I do what I can do in the natural, all the extra loving, little things a parent does when their child is ill but the truest love I can give my child is by humbly confessing & approaching The Throne Room, delving into the deep & connecting to God by His Holy Spirit; connecting to Doctor Jesus. The best thing I can do is to cover her under the Blood of the Lamb, in the name of Jesus & this I do in prayer & praise. I did think “how am I going to get through this, I am so tired & I feel weak” but then the Holy Spirit breathes new energy into my soul & morning breaks forth. Great is Gods mercy towards us.
Let God take control. Realise that we can only do so much but The Creator who spoke into the atmosphere & the world & heavens was formed; The One who said “Let there be..” & it was; the One who fills every void with His presence who commands “peace be still” : the One who said “let us create man..”& it was done is in control. When everything is in chaos or despair; when your valley is so bleak & dark or your day is excellent but you still feel unsettled, when all you have is bills in front of you or still no job, when everyone passes you by on the street as though you are invisible or switches the channel because they are fed up with hearing about crime or wars or famine or disaster- lift up your head & focus on Jesus & praise Him. Sound strange? Watch what He will do when YOU do. Keep talking to Him, yes, talking to Him because that is what praying is; “Lord how am I going to make it?” “Lord I don’t know what to say but help me!” or “Hi Jesus, I don’t know if I believe but can you show me otherwise” or “Hi ..Jesus, can You spare a minute?” or “Lord my faith has been shaken” or even, “Jesus it’s me..again can I talk to you?” “Maybe just sigh..” Keep your eyes on The Master who calmed the waves & stormy seas and “look up, your redemption draws near”. One thing God loves is persistence, for us to keep ‘knocking, asking & seeking’ Him for our deliverance. He told us we have a right to boldly come to the Throne of Grace. His grace is sufficient to keep us.
I want to encourage someone today that serving God is not all hardship & strife and just as in life’s journey there are humps in the road, so in our spiritual life the enemy comes hard at us to deter us & see if we truly have faith in God to deliver us. Let go and let God deal with your heartbreak; deal with your bullies; fix your finances & heal your body mind & very much, our souls. One old song said “Where shall I go? Where shall I go? I’m seeking a Refuge for my soul. Needing a friend to guide me til the end, where shall I go but to the Lord” Jesus is our constant companion, He has already promised us He will be with us until the end of this world, so why do we struggle to turn to Him first in everything we do? Family, friends even paid professionals get tired of our situation, why? Because they are human & they are carrying their own situations whilst trying their best, to help others but the only One who can carry the weight of this world is Jesus. When I think of my humanity & limitation, I think of that song by Human League “I’m only human of flesh & blood I’m made…” (do you know that group or the song even..???) & I am greatly encouraged because I remind myself I can’t do this. No one can do this for me or you either, ONLY God. He alone can deliver us or our families out of whatever we face. I put in “I’m only human” in the search engine on my computer & a plethora of songs acknowledging my request popped up. I smiled at the honesty of these artists; we are only human. We are fallible & we don’t know everything neither can we fix everything. How true is this. Thank you Jesus our blessed Redeemer. He is Omniscient & Omnipresent. Everywhere at every time. He is multilingual- no language however indigenous, is foreign to Him. He knows the unspoken language of pain, elation frustration, joy & hurt. He knows the language of bias & fear, He speaks loneliness & tears. He teaches us to speak peace. The undiscovered language of explorers, is known to God. He is The greatest, Wisest Multitasker. He does not make mistakes. He is the best Teacher, Counsellor, Father & Friend & by every lash He took willingly for us, we are healed.
You are going to get through this, me too but we have to give it to God first. Take your vice-like grip off your problems, secrets or scenarios & present them at The Altar, Jesus became the Altar for you & I. He went to the Cross, remember Easter?- remind yourself of the stark reality & brutality of Calvary – it was for you & I. Withholding nothing, He bore it all for us so that we can live freely. You and I are human & when I think of my humanity, the infamous song by Human League “I’m only human of flesh & boood I’m made…” (do you know that group or the song even..???) comes to my mind & I am greatly encouraged because I remind myself I can’t do this without Jesus. No one can deliver me or you either, ONLY God can deliver us or our families, out of whatever we face. He alone blesses us. I put “I’m only human” in the search engine & a plethora of songs acknowledging my request popped up. I smiled at the honesty of these artists; we are only human. We are fallible, we break & hurt each other & we don’t know everything, neither can we fix everything. How true is this. However, our healing comes from God & He has shown us good examples, the only way, of how to forgive & love, as He first loved & forgave us. By trusting Him alone, you & I will, get through this & whilst we wait on our change, we can praise & pray for each other to The One who hears & answers all prayers. God will never forsake us.
Please pray with me for my daughter, my strength & my home. Offer a prayer for my colleague Stacey, who is also unwell. Pray for Teresa for continued strength and courage and for all the Oscar, Jess, Alfie & all the many children suffering with cancer & childhood diseases which doctors have no answer for, storm Heaven’s gates for their healing, please. Pray also for the changes facing LCPF and the Christian events, especially the Annual Celebration in October 2018, to come. Lift your faith to God, however small, He only requires a mustard seed proportion & He will answer you. You can get through this, amen ??
God richly bless you,