a little bit of meditation on scripture!
I love Isaiah 40, but read this out, while my family closed their eyes. I asked them to focus on which piece of the scripture really resonated for them.
Isaiah 40:27-30 New International Version – UK (NIVUK)
Why do you complain, Jacob?
Why do you say, Israel,
‘My way is hidden from the Lord;
my cause is disregarded by my God’?
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
What struck me was the line ” ‘My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God’ “.
As a family we’ve had quite the year! We didn’t see it coming, AT ALL!! We’ve seen unemployment, followed by a long-term illness affecting our 14 year old son. We also saw our faithful car become no longer viable to keep, deep in the midst of unemployment, when we had much need of a working car.
Sometimes it feels as though God really has forgotten about us. It isn’t like I think He has forgotten I exist, just that I wish His attention could be a little more focused on us………
And then I remember what He has done for us.
There is a wonderful film “War Room” that we have watched quite a few times. There is a small scene in the film where we see a wall of, basically, answered prayer.
We now have a similar thing going on.
On it we have a large, central, picture frame, where we write the specific answer to prayer that we have seen, with a date.
The answers we have on there are our current home – a gift from God which defied everything humanly logical – even ot the point that I’ve had to explain to people from Housing Benefits and the JSA why we are paying a reduced rent and other such confusing things…all because somebody cared for us!
We’ve also got a photo of our new car – given to us freely as a gift, and taken through its MOT by a kind friend who didn’t charge us for his time or expertise.
In addition we’ve added our new, free sofa. We lost our last one as a result of a flood in our home earlier in the year. We now sit, each day, and relax upon another of God’s miracles.
When we despair that God may have taken his gaze off of us, our needs, our worries – we must remember that God told us not to worry!
He hasn’t forgotten about us, but has, perhaps, allowed us to learn to more eagerly keep sight of Him.
God can not forget about us – there are SO many promises that attest to the truth of that one statement.
God can only be loving nad faithful. He can not be anything else – it is His nature.
So when trials come to overwhelm, and your eldest son is being sick, every day, for nearly two months…that is the time to look back at those answered prayers, and remember that He hasn’t forgotten about us; it is against His nature!