This morning, as I'm looking out my window…I am looking out to the remnants of a storm. It's hard to believe how things can change in such a short time. Where once there was the same old every day view out my window…new things have now been added to that view. Now there's a pile of logs against the back fence and several piles of limbs that once hung so beautifully on the trees.
As you can probably tell by now, my husband and I went through a very powerful storm over the weekend…and it was a storm like no other. There were no tornadoes or a hurricane; but there were winds that not only brought down huge limbs from our trees; but had also placed a large tree on our neighbor's home.
While walking out into the backyard on Saturday morning…to view the damage that had been done, I began to see that in the midst of it all, we had been safely protected by a powerful God. As the sun shone through the trees…almost blinding my view of everything around me, I was reminded that God had been there all the time.
Last night, as I was reading my bible…after a very tiresome day; He took me back to a bible verse in Isaiah 43:2, which reads… "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee."
As the day continued on…we had much work to do in the backyard; but God not only was with us through the storm; but he was with us after the storm. One thing I can say about this; is that God was definitely our strength, as I was trying to help with two bad legs, while my husband was working on little sleep from the night before.
After beginning the work that seemed so endless at the time…God knew our weaknesses and sent others to help. First, one neighbor got out his chainsaw and had stood up on something, to cut the top of the branch that had went over the fence into his yard. After seeing what had taken place with us, he went around the house and came into the backyard and began to cut limbs into pieces that could be stacked. From there, we had another neighbor call out to us over the back fence, as another big branch had went halfway over the fence, with part of it in his yard. After also seeing what we were going through, he said to just cut the branch at the fence line and that he would take care of the rest on his side. These were the moments, when I knew that God was with us…and these were the moments, when He had brought neighbors together; that had seldom talked.
As I sit here and look out to a yard, where the trees have been pruned back, with debris everywhere…I am praising God for His faithfulness once more, while being reminded that when we are caught between a rock and a hard place…it's truly not the end; for a merciful God will step in and make a way, where we just can't see a way.
Right now, as I focus on God's faithfulness, He is reminding me even more; that this isn't always going to be a perfect life…and that there will be great times of trouble, especially in these end times; but the hope we can find in all of this, is written in Deuteronomy 31:8, which reads… "And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.
I've come to see that the way before us may not always be easy to walk down; but my God always seems to make a way; for this is a God that doesn't leave us at the dead end of a street; but rather, He is a God who steps in and carves a way before us…where once there was no way. Oh how I praise Him once more…for not only His faithfulness; but also for His loving and caring Spirit! When I think back to the moment, when the light of His presence shone through each discouraging moment…my heart rises up within me, with praise and thanksgiving, for all He's done for us!
As I close this letter to you today, I pray that you too will come to experience the powerful and loving presence of Jesus in your day…no matter what you may be facing; and that you will come back again tomorrow, as I will have another letter of encouragement…waiting here just for you! Until then…take care and may God bless your heart richly with His loving presence!
With love & prayers…
It's Always & Only Because of Him…