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Miracles, Mayhem, and God's Faithfulness

 

 

Our van is working! It's a miracle! Unbeknownst to us, some families from our church got together and decided to surprise us by having our old van repaired. Several thousand dollars later, we now are able to go places together as a family. Truly this was a gift from some special friends. Truly this was a gift from the Lord.

 

We prayed. We waited. God placed it upon the hearts of His people. God gave.

 

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father…
James 1:17

 

Our house in Texas still hasn't sold. Finally a family has decided to lease it. The realtor commented to us, "This is the first time ever that a family walked in and actually liked your house!" Sigh. They moved in this month, but then the plumbing backed up -- not once but SEVERAL times -- and there was quite an expense to get the house in "working order" again. Admittedly this house has been a burden for us! The last two families that leased the house were not trustworthy and we suffered some disheartening financial setbacks as a result of their dishonesty. Many times we have been frustrated and unsure of what to do in this situation.

 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…
Proverbs 3:5

 

We continue to see people come to Christ at our church. One lady walked into the worship center and said to me matter-of-factly,
"I can't wait another minute! I need Jesus in my life now. How can I accept Jesus? I'm ready!"

 

Another has said, "I've been waiting for Jesus all my life!"

 

And another, "My life will never be the same. Oh, the years I've wasted!"

 

"You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart."
"I will be found by you," declares the Lord, "and will bring
you back from captivity…"
Jeremiah 29:13-14a

 

A couple of weeks ago, Jonah came bounding down the stairs and lost his footing. I didn't actually see him fall, but I heard his cry. It was the kind of cry that causes a mother to panic. After a trip to the emergency room and an x-ray of his back, the doctor said everything was fine. Several days went by. Jonah was just too lethargic. He didn't want to move. He ran a high fever. After an MRI, the orthopedic surgeon found four fractured vertebrae in Jonah's back. The treatment? Inactivity for six weeks. Jonah is in a lot of pain. Last night, as he lay flat on his back, I kissed him goodnight. Tears ran out of the corners of his eyes and into his ears. I wiped them away as they fell.

 

"Why, Mom? Why did this happen? I'm tired of hurting. I'm bored. I just want to ride my bike and play outside. I just want to stop hurting!"
I searched for words that would comfort Jonah's little heart. I silently prayed for wisdom.

 

"Jonah…someday, somehow, you will look back on this awful experience and know that through all of this, God has taught you something important. Even though it's hard to understand now, you must trust Him…"

 

Jonah nodded, but the tears continued to flow. I silently continued to wipe them away.

 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him,
who have been called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28

 

As I pulled Chase's clothes out of the dryer the other day, I remembered our conversation of the day before.

 

"Mom, I'm bustin' outta my clothes. All my pants are too tight and my shorts are too short. I just need some new clothes…I'm growing outta all these!"

 

I agreed with him, but reminded him that money was tight.

 

"Let's pray and ask God," I told Chase. "Remember that verse?"

 

You do not have because you do not ask God.
James 4:2b

 

As I folded my growing boy's pants, I prayed again. "Father, I know that You know what Chase needs…"

 

The next day, I received a text from a friend. Her grown son was cleaning out his closet. Did Chase need any clothes?

 

Tears stung my eyes as I tried to explain to her how that text was truly an answer to our prayers.

 

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow.
They do not labor or spin.
Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all His splendor was dressed like one of these.
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field..
…will He not much more clothe you…?
Matthew 6:28-30

 

One of the best friends of my life and my heart passed away a few weeks ago. The kids have watched me struggle with disappointment and oh, such sadness.

 

Was I crying for her? No. She struggled for many years with health problems, and she was such a strong believer. She's in heaven now! She's rejoicing with the Father and would not want to return to earth if given the choice.

 

Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body
we are away from the Lord.
We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say,
and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

II Corinthians 5:6-8

 

Was I crying for her? No. I was crying for her children. They were such a close family; they depended on her! I knew that she would be painfully missed. I wanted to be there for her children -- to hold them, to comfort them. I couldn't.

 

I was also crying for me.

 

You see, I hadn't seen this close friend, this sister of mine, in ten years! Ten years! I remember when we had to leave Portugal, due to Chase's attack. I didn't want to leave! I dreaded telling her that we would not be able to return. I sat down on my mother's couch in Texas those ten years ago and dialed her number.

 

We cried together as I told her.

 

"Nao faz mal, querida," she said, "we will see each other again. Time will pass, but we will see each other again."

 

Why did I love her so much? She loved Jesus, she loved to sing, she loved to praise the Lord, she loved to correct my Portuguese, she loved African children, she loved to laugh and be crazy with me, she loved to pray, she took my hopes and dreams seriously, she loved me through my mistakes, she loved my husband and my children unconditionally, she loved to give me advice, she loved me unconditionally…

 

She loved me. Why? I have no idea.

 

But unconditional love is rare and precious. Wouldn't you agree?

 

Just a few months ago, we decided that it was time to see each other again. Surely if we put our money together, we thought, we would have enough to bring her here to St. Louis for a month. She was working on her traveling visa, her papers…and she would say, "Is my nest ready? I'm about ready to fly to your house!"

 

I couldn't wait! Finally, after ten years! We talked nearly every day, and then…she became so sick. And she died. Just like that.

 

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.
Psalm 116:15

 

The day she died, with tears streaming down my face, I wrote her a message…not really for her, I guess, but for me. I wanted her to know it was OK with me that she went to see Jesus instead.

 

"And with your final heartbeat, kiss the world good-bye.
Then go in peace and laugh on glory's side!
Fly to Jesus…Fly to Jesus…Fly to Jesus…and live!"
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Good-bye my friend-my sweet sister-I will miss you…
We will see each other again. Time will pass, but we will see each other again.

 

Even now, my heart is sad and the tears flow freely. Oh, how I wanted to see her again, to laugh with her, to let her hold Chase again, to introduce her to my other babies! What will her children do without her? Do her grandchildren have to grow up without knowing her?!

 

I am so disappointed! Admittedly, for awhile there, I was angry. Why did God allow this? She was only 59 years old. Was it really time for her to go?

 

Be still, and know that I am God...
Psalm 46:10

 

Outside my window, where I have my quiet time, our "giving tree" is budding. The birds are numerous around our bird house, gathering twigs and grass for nests to come. Death and suffering may continue, but life goes on. Through sadness, through trials, through van repairs and growing children, through broken backs and broken dreams. I don't always understand.

 

But God is always faithful.

 

Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped,
Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy!

 

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain…

 

…the ransomed of the Lord will return…
Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
Isaiah 35, Revelation 21

 

Through miracles, mayhem, joy, and sorrow…

 

God is faithful.

 

 

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1 Come To Jesus by Chris Rice





 

 

 

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