Several years ago things were pretty challenging. We had multiple family health issues and experienced endless worry about what lay up ahead. It most certainly felt that we were being battered on every side by the storms of life. There were days when God felt very far away, almost absent. I questioned His love for me. If God loved me so much, why did He not spare us from such heartache? I turned to Job, knowing that he had experienced intense trials and so I felt an affiliation with him. I read Godís reply to him, reminding Job and his friends, that it was He who was in control of the universe, who created this world and so how could He be questioned? I felt humbled because I too had doubted Godís love for me. God, who had given His only son to die for my sins! His son who died a horrific death and took the punishment on my behalf! He had carried me through many trials to that point and blessed me richly many times. Such love! Unquestionable!
It is very true that it is during times of challenge that one can often look back and see how their faith developed. I sought forgiveness for my doubt and God welcomed me back with open arms to hold me securely in the palm of his hands and carried us through the storms we were experiencing. It was then that I learned to trust God and know that when the dark clouds close in, He is there, just as he is during good times. My 10 year old daughter often reminds me there are no such things as coincidences, God is always in control. What a reassurance!
The Bible tells us in Isaiah 55:8 ďFor my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. That tells me that I will often not understand why life takes some turns and indeed I probably wonít like some of the turns it takes, but God has it all mapped out. I love the poem below with the analogy of the tapestry. Underneath any tapestry looks messy, unplanned and random. But turn it over and the detail and pattern followed by the weaver is so evident. Take one of those threads out, dark or light and the picture loses its detailÖeach thread is needed!
So too with life, God has the pattern and is constantly weaving His will into our lives. The purpose of which isnít always clear to us, but we can have total confidence that He knows so much better than we do and His ways are perfect!
Psalm 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD'S word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.
First & Second
Markethill Presbyterian Church 2007
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