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Saturday, January 12, 2008

My God will hear me....

"Therefore I will look to the Lord;  I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me." Micah 7:7-8

1234522-R1-E008Micah was called by God. He came from a rustic home to be a prophet of God.  He left familiar surroundings and family.  Micah was instructed to rebuke his people for their disobedience and lack of love for their own.  He also issued several prophetic events that were to take place in the future concerning Israel as a nation.  Those were turbulent times in Israel but Micah trusted the Lord's sovereignty.  He knew that God wouldn't fail to keep His promises.  He had total dependency on the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ!

The last two weeks of the New Year have been a little "turbulent"in our own home too. "My God will hear me.", has been my motto these last two weeks.  I truly have felt that He has everything under control and He knows all things anyway. 

Verse 8 of Micah seven says, "when I sit in darkness."  Micah does not say "if" I sit in darkness!  We believers will go through dark times in our lives.  We shouldn't be surprised when sorrow comes our way for we are told in His Word that it will in this life.  What happens when it hits us right in the face?  Do we crumble?  I have to admit I have thought I would crumble. 

I am not sure if any of you have had a difficult time lately or have felt like I have.  Sisters, I have shed many tears these past few weeks but one thing I do know. My Savior reigns.  Knowing this and His continued promises have kept me going even in what seems the darkest times in my life.  I also knew it is temporary.  God reminds us in another portion of scripture that, "Joy comes in the morning." 

I have thought hard about some of my reactions toward the hard situations that I have encountered. I have not always been as cheerful in those times as others! I have wondered why I doubted that my Savior's sovereignty.  Did I forget He created all things?   He is the Potter and we are the clay.  He and His hands alone mold me.  When a potter begins to work on the clay, he has to fix, tuck and shape each of us in order to form His "beautiful pot." I remember He says His work in shaping us continues until we see Him in His glory.

Sometimes, the dark moments of our lives last only so long as is necessary for God to accomplish His purpose in us. I realized that I needed to trust in His complete sovereignty, even when experiencing darkness. He lord's over the good and the evil. No one can thwart His plans. He makes no mistakes. He is not the God of coincidences but of sovereignty.  God is all together love, mercy and grace in the times of personal doubt and despair.

Some may ask if God is sovereign when a beautiful daughter is raped, when a close relative dies with out salvation, when two of your babies die, when four of your children are living without Christ, when your own blood family and church family turn against you, when your children make decisions that don't always match what you have taught them through God's word. Is He sovereign when you grew up in a home where the parents abused you in every way possible or when your dog dies during the time you are nursing them back to health?  Is God sovereign in all these instances? Yes!

 "'Cause You were there... You were there In the midst of danger's snare. You were there.  You were there always. You were there when the hardest fight seemed so out of reach. Oh, You were there! You were always there!'

"So haven't I learned that my ways aren't as high as Yours are? And, You alone keep the universe from crumbling into dust. You are God and though we would not have understood You, there You were!'

"Hanging blameless on a cross, You would rather die than leave us in the dark every moment, every planned coincidence. Just all makes sense... with your last breath, You were there!'

"You were there during history's darkest hour. You were there. You were there always. You were the Victor and the King. You were the power in David's swing. You were the calm in Abraham. You are the God who understands. You are the strength when we have none. You are the Living Holy One!'

"You were! You are and You will always be the risen Lamb of God! You were, You are and you will always be The Risen Lamb of God!" (Sung by the group Avalon)

This beautiful song puts it all together for us.  You see, our Savior cares about every detail in our lives.  He leaves no thing unattended. He reminds us that suffering will remain a reality until we see Him in His glory. 

"For in much wisdom is much grief, And he who increases knowledge increases sorrow." Ecclesiastes 1:18

This is my prayer:

"My dear Heavenly Father, I want to take this time to thank you for the difficult times in our lives.  These are the times that do mold us into a beautiful clay pot to be used by you.  Father, may You continually fill us with your Holy Spirit to reach out in that beautiful light that you have given us, Jesus Christ.  That we know that the Lighthouse is always there and you just want us to hang on.  We love you so much our beautiful Savior!  Thank you for noticing even when a sparrow falls to the ground!"

In Him,


Good News: We have a new beautiful daughter in our lives.  She was "adopted" into our family yesterday.  I will say more about our daughter, April, at a later date!



Blogger Stephanie said...

I think my trials are faitly minor, but often they feel like mountains. I am trying hard to leave it all in God's hands but it is so hard. Thank you for giving me a reminder about HOW to let Him be in charge.

January 13, 2008 at 2:18 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

The wrestling you have done before the Lord is evident, Elaine. Thanks for sharing from your heart.

AND congratulations on your daughter! Can't wait to hear more!

January 13, 2008 at 3:29 AM  
Blogger dcrmom said...

This is beautiful and so well written. I love this line.

The dark moments of our lives last only so long as is necessary for God to accomplish His purpose in us.

Yes, I've experienced that, myself. Thank you for this encouraging word this morning!

January 13, 2008 at 6:41 AM  
Blogger Mocha with Linda said...

I think this is something we particularly struggle with in our American culture - the concept that God's goodness is connected with whether good things happen to us.

Your sufferings are producing a faith of greater worth than gold! Thanks for sharing your heart with us.

January 13, 2008 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger Amy B said...

Beautiful post, Elaine.

Thank you so much for sharing and I'm looking forward to hearing all about April!

January 13, 2008 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger windycindy said...

Hello Elaine, Congratulations on your baby girl. How miraculous. Thanks for the post on the times of crisis in our lives. Cindi

January 13, 2008 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Thank you for sharing your heart and for being transparent!
And congrats on your new daughter!

January 13, 2008 at 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post!! Yes bad things happen to good people, we walk by FAITH not by sight!! We can forget there is a enemy out there (evil). God is with us through it all. He is in control. thanks for the reminder:)

January 13, 2008 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

Congrats on your precious new daughter.

January 13, 2008 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger Cory said...

Congratualtions Elaine. A new child is a blessing. Take care and God bless, Cory

January 13, 2008 at 6:45 PM  
Blogger Joyce said...

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for this post. I will put the words of the scripture on my computer to remember the bad, because I have experienced the good that comes from the bad. Congratulations on your new daughter. Take care.

Love and Hugs,

January 13, 2008 at 7:05 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Thank you for these words that blessed so many today. and I am anxious to hear about your daughter, too!

January 13, 2008 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger marina said...

Thank you for sharing deep with in your hear b/c we all go thorugh hard tiems ..but only for awhile God is always doing a work with us dark times and happy ones!! these was beautiful.
Can't wait to hear about your daughter!!Marina

January 13, 2008 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger Praise and Coffee said...

Awesome Elaine,
I can't wait to hear about your new daughter!


January 13, 2008 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger Cindy Swanson said...

Wow, Elaine...your post came at a perfect time for me. I also cling to the fact of God's sovereignty when I'm going through personal problems, and even when I look at the troubled condition of our nation and our world. Your post was a huge blessing to me, as were the lyrics of the Avalon song. Thanks so much!

January 14, 2008 at 8:49 AM  

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