Thursday, July 19, 2012

Facts, Frustrations, & Faith

Dear Ones:

I have been feeling pretty weak and weary lately. This is due to frustration. Frustration simply being the difference between what you expect and what you experience.

I heard this verse this morning:

"He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak." So since I have felt both, that is good news to me.

As I woke up in the middle of the night last night I felt like God brought back to mind the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego particularly this verse and the phrase in bold print:

"If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and He will deliver us from your majesty's hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, your majesty, that we will not serve your God's or worship the image of gold you have set up."

Currently I am in a series of nots. The house will not sell. The sellers from the house we wanted will not renew our contract because we do not have a buyer. Elijah's wrist will not heal and he has to be on the bone stimulater for another month and have another CT scan and still the possibility of surgery and rehab ahead for him. He has been dealing with this injury since January. The girls will not potty train. There are some days you think they are almost there and then the next one comes and they seem clueless again.

Someone at my church recently shared that facts are different from truth and I seriously have to look at the facts from that perspective. I feel like I am caught on a pendulum sometimes rocking back and forth between frustration and faith. When I look at the facts I am frustrated. When I look at the truth I have faith.

So what is the truth in all the facts I listed. The truth is just because our house hasn't sold doesn't mean it won't. As my Pastor says, "God's delay does not mean denial." The truth is God loves Elijah. He knows how bad he is hurting because he can not participate in the things he loves. He also will use this pain he is going through. Someday Elijah will have a certain amount of sensitivity to offer someone because he has been there. The truth is I am a good Mom and my girls are precious and it's not dependent upon their toilet habits. God is going to take care of them and that's not contingent upon them learning how to go potty.

The enemy loves to bring the facts before your face and try to destroy your faith. I have learned that because of this, I have to stay on my face. I have to press in and seek truth or the facts will break my faith.

Father God,  I believe you are all powerful. I believe you can do all things, like bring a buyer, heal a wrist and help a brain damaged child learn how to go potty. I fully expect you to. Help me in the even if not times to fall on my face and seek truth, no matter what the facts say.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your faith and the journey of your heart and mind michelle......it's always encouraging.....even during the "even if he does not" times
    i love you

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  2. Thanks for taking the time to read and share some love and encouragement Stoozie

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