Monday, February 14, 2011

My Friend Jess and God's Truth

I've been thinking about my dear friend Jess.  I've known her since 1983, and we've been buds ever since then.  We've had our off times, but on the whole, we've been friends since we were 2.

We have a picture of us in 1983 or 84 with our arms around each other, and when we were 15 or 16 we had another picture taken, and voila, we were standing in exactly the same position.  Even our fingers were positioned the same. 

I've gone to the hospital for all her babies' births, even though for the first two I didn't think she'd ever get to return the favor.  I love her very much.

This last pregnancy has been hard on her and her family.  It's been high risk, but the Lord has been faithful.  After a particularly difficult weekend last weekend, and then bed rest for a week, and then this past weekend, Jess and Hyde have a beautiful little baby boy, Knox.  He's tiny since he's very early, but the Lord has His hand on him. 

Everything Jess and Hyde went through this last week made me think of a kids' song.

What a Mighty Hand

What a mighty hand, a mighty hand has He
What a mighty hand, that calmed the raging sea
What a mighty hand, a hand protecting me
What a mighty hand has He

Humble yourselves, humble yourselves
Under God's mighty hand
Humble yourselves, humble yourselves
Under God's mighty hand (What a mighty hand!)


What a mighty hand, a mighty hand has He
What a mighty hand, that calmed the raging sea
What a mighty hand, a hand protecting me
What a mighty hand has He

For it was He who made you and me
and every creature in the sea
For it was He who made you and me
and every creature in the sea (underneath the sea!)

What a mighty hand, a mighty hand has He
What a mighty hand, that calmed the raging sea
What a mighty hand, a hand protecting me
What a mighty hand has He
What a mighty hand has He.

I don't know who wrote that song, but it got me to thinking about what we consider mighty.

I heard myself saying something on Saturday that I completely disagree with.  I told someone that it could have been a really bad day.  Well, emotionally, yes.  If my friend or her baby had died that day, it would have been a very hard day emotionally. 

But it still would have been a good day.  It still would have been a day under God's Mighty hand. 

Psalm 115:

"Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to Your name give glory, because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth. Why should the nations say, “Where, now, is their God?” But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.  Their idols are silver and gold, the work of man’s hands. They have mouths, but they cannot speak; they have eyes, but they cannot see; they have ears, but they cannot hear; they have noses, but they cannot smell; they have hands, but they cannot feel; they have feet, but they cannot walk; they cannot make a sound with their throat.  Those who make them will become like them,  everyone who trusts in them.








O Israel, trust in the LORD ; He is their help and their shield.  O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield. You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield.  The LORD has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron.  He will bless those who fear the LORD, the small together with the great. May the LORD give you increase, you and your children.  May you be blessed of the LORD, Maker of heaven and earth.  The heavens are the heavens of the LORD, but the earth He has given to the sons of men.  The dead do not praise the LORD, nor do any who go down into silence; but as for us, we will bless the LORD from this time forth and forever.  Praise the LORD!"


I bolded the part about God doing whatever He pleases.  At first thought, that isn't comforting at all.  It certainly wasn't comforting when Tim and I were dealing with infertility.  However, that doesn't reflect on God or Christianity, instead, it reflects on my own lack of faith and spiritual sight.

Now, however, I can see that it is comforting.  Here's why:

John 16:27
"The Father Himself loves YOU."

God loves believers.

And here's my other proof:

Psalm 119:65-68

"You have dealt well with Your servant, O LORD, according to Your word.  Teach me good discernment and knowledge, for I believe in Your commandments.  Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word.  You are good and do good; teach me Your statutes."

God does whatever He pleases, and it is good because He is GOOD.

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