Monday, January 4, 2010

High Waters of Suffering



This is a re-post of an entry I wrote back in August. This entry is dedicated to the families wading through the high waters of suffering through sickness, the loss of a child or the fear of the unknown . It is also dedicated to the families that are in the midst of suffering for the sake of Christ, giving up all they have to follow a limitless God who loves them and has set them apart for His purposes and glory.

"Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered nor will they come to mind. Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; he who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere youth; he who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accused. Isaiah 65:17,20
The verse above tells us to look forward to eternal things. To hold fast to the promises of God when we see suffering this side of eternity. Can you image a life where mourning the loss of a love one doesn't threaten to pin you down to the floor of despair. A life where the former things will not be remembered nor will they come to mind. That is our future when we choose Christ and set our minds on eternal things. But before the curtain call while we are on this side of the eternal stage we are called to remember.
A Call to Remember was the purpose of this blog. A call to remember the Lord's deliverance. A call to look back and ponder the big questions of life. A call to not only remember our times of joy but also our times of sorrow. Why? Because He wants us to remember our intimate moments with Him. He wants us to remember and see His footsteps in the sand. After all, our story is really His story. Our life is really about His grace.
When we have waded through the high waters of sorrow we are called to remember the Lord's faithfulness and deliverance. We are called to know that He not only parts the waters of sorrow but at times chooses to carry us through them. He picks us up and carries us to the other side so not even our feet get wet. He wades through the waters and tells us to rest a moment. And while He is carrying us through the high waters of suffering we are to remember the promise above and to trust in Him who is the author of our moments. An eternal perspective in the midst of suffering. Remembering, God, our mighty deliver who can do more than what we can ask or imagine. It is in our suffering, we find intimacy with God and experience fellowship with Him, we wouldn't have experienced had we not been carried through the high waters by an all powerful God who loves us and cares about our every need this side of eternity. Isaiah tells us that, "Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength." I trust in this promise. I trust that when I am weak I am strong for His power is made perfect in weakness. I'm glad that my Savior can identify with my weakness and sympathize with my heartache. After all, He came and dwelled among us. Paul tells us, "since we, the children of God, have flesh and blood, he too shared in our humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death-that is the devil- and free us who all our lives were held in slavery by our fear of death. The scripture also tells us that He was tempted in every way and is able to sympathize with our weakness. We know that he suffered greatly for our benefit. All of this He came and endured to have a relationship with us. To be made a merciful and faithful high priest. Who can and does sympathize with our human weakness."
Lord, bring peace and comfort to those who are wading through the high waters. Reveal to them, this very moment, your love and power to deliver them and restore their strength. Reveal Yourself mighty to save and intimate in your love. Lord, part the waters and carry them through the strong currents and calm the winds of fear and oppression. To you be the glory, forever and ever. We love you, Lord
Picture above taken by me at Watersound Beach, Florida

2 comments:

Kim said...

As a new follower, I am grateful you reposted this beautiful message. A Call to Remember. Love that. And yes, suffering is the one thing that connects us to each other as humans and draws us closer and more dependent upon our Deliverer.
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,
Kim

Faith Imagined said...

Very beautiful and encouraging writing! I love this line, "author of our moments." I am so glad you reposted this!

-Alisa Hope