In a Bible that I gave to Daddy in 1969, he wrote:
When hard times come
Remember past experiences
when God brought you through.
Jesus knows all about your storms.
He sees all the circumstances.
Jesus will meet you in the middle of your storm.
He quoted these two verses:
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.1 John 5:14
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
I know that many people in Texas, Mexico, Oklahoma and other places are suffering from flooding and tornado damage. We cannot always see the storms ahead, and even our best plans are sometimes to no avail. But God sees and He is there ahead of us.
Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Run the race. Learn how to lean into Jesus. Let him hold you close until you can hear the rhythm of His heartbeat. Then you will know when to rest, when to run, and when to release. Heidi Baker
Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off
from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
I am praying for so many around the world who are affected by tragedies. There is an elderly man in my Sunday School class who quotes this passage often. God has brought him through so many trials, but he says that it was in the trials that he learned to lean on Jesus.
When Cameron and Caleb were little, there was a prayer garden across the street from our house and we would go there in the evening after supper and sit in a swing under a shade tree.
As the three of us enjoyed the breeze, Cameron would always ask me to sing, "I come to the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses, and the voice I hear falling on my ear the Son of God discloses. And He walks with me and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own, and the joy we share as we tarry there none other has ever known."
The Lord teaches us throughout life that any place can be our prayer garden, because he is always speaking and listening!