Tuesday, March 15, 2011

It's All God

      Many months ago I wrote a devotion called ‘What A Difference A Day Can Make’! I have lived that statement for over a week. I am a person who usually does not back away from encouraging people with words. Sometimes, they are welcomed and sometimes they are not. However, the emotional struggles around me during the last week has been so overwhelming, I have been lost for words! My words have been useless to ease the pain of others. Within a the same few days I found myself dealing with a broken hearted couple in our church whose child was resuscitated from a SIDS episode and died three days later, a young lady who is a part of our Bible study and who was the baby sitter of the baby when he stopped breathing, a family member who received information that there is nothing that can be done for their critical illness, and a broken hearted daughter from a breakup with the young man she was planning on marrying and to top it off she is half way around the world. I wanted to climb into bed, pull the covers over my head, and not wakeup until this terrible nightmare was over. Except I couldn’t: I had to keep enduring each day! I retreated to a place I rarely go: a place of silence. My words had no power in these circumstances. There was no magical encouragement I could give to make these peoples hurt go away. I was powerless and I hated it!
      The reality, that I do not like to face, is that I am always powerless! It is never me. It is God’s wisdom, God’s words, God’s grace, and God’s comfort. Sometimes I get the blessing of being His instrument of delivery but the impact of the delivery is totally and completely God. It is the Word of God and Our Great Comforter the Holy Spirit that ministers to the broken hearted. When I didn’t have the words: it was God’s Word and the Holy Spirit that comforted my daughter, the mourning couple, and the hurting babysitter. God really does not need me!
     One of the lessons I have learned this week is when you don’t know what to say, lovingly share God’s Word. His word is healing! It is where the comfort and the power to endure lies. Make your words speak His Word!

By your words I can see where I’m going; they throw a beam of light my dark path.
Psalm 119:105

1 comment:

Sherry said...

I am sorry that it has been so yucky lately. I know EXACTLY what you mean...I felt the same way in Dec when Pat died. I am here for you always.