Walking around in our backyard is always risky business. You never know what you are going to encounter or trip over. With four active children combined with multiple neighborhood children their inventions, concoctions, and games are forever strung out everywhere. Logs, sheet metal, badminton net, PVC pipe, tennis rackets, baseball bats, footballs, and numerous other items find their way into the yard to serve a particular purpose each time. However, there are those days when the backyard has been cleaned up, mowed by our wonderful young yard man, Dawson, and invites me to take a leisurely stroll. On those days I venture out and begin my walk. Most days I find myself enjoying the fruits of our labor as God blesses the hard work of gardening, but then there are those other days as I take a stroll my foot finds a hidden hole and my balance is thrown off.
Most know the past two months have held many dips in our families’ life. Our fortune of good health was interrupted with a visit from the flu. We have known the inexpressible joy of having two little boys in our home for 2 ½ weeks and the heartbreak of letting them go. The sweet precious moments with a loved one before God calling her home and then walking through the reality of her absence here on earth is still fresh on our hearts. Follow this with another loved one battling the final stages of cancer and a nephew sent to ER with appendicitis type symptoms as we still wait for an official diagnosis. All the while, watching my sister deal with her own deep struggles, trials, and challenges through Pastor Nahum’s severe stroke. And who knew Scott was a plumber and is still figuring out how to deal with a clogged kitchen sink pipe. Of course the kitchen sink was not going to be out done by the hot water pipe in the attic which decided to reveal the rusty hole it had be forming over the last 30 years. Don’t forget all of this is in addition to our day in and day out living of school, work, chores, etc.
You probably weren’t expecting to hear me rant and rave about all the “junk” happening in our lives right now, as I am sure you are dealing with your own, but I wanted to paint a picture of what has been taking place to give a fuller effect of the dip God placed my foot in a few days ago. As I was taking my stroll with God, He walked me straight into three verses that threw me off balance in the other direction I appeared to be traveling. God, through the writer of Hebrews, spoke clearly to me that morning regarding how Christ walked through the “junk” that is in this world:
“During His [Jesus’] earthly life, He offered prayers and appeals with loud cries and tears to the One who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence. Though He was God’s Son, He learned obedience through what He suffered. After He was perfected, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him,” Hebrews 5:7-9
I sat there feeling God’s hand gently grasp mine, His arm wrap around me, and His voice whisper into my ear: “It is going to be okay. I have heard your cries and have seen your tears. Yes, I have the authority and power to speak and make it all go away, but I have something better for you my child. My one and only Son suffered greatly here on this earth and through His tears and cries I heard Him too. But it was through His suffering on this earth that obedience was learned and His example is for you. Though you are suffering now I am doing a perfecting work in your life. I am teaching you a deeper meaning of obedience.”
While I am still trying to comprehend the full effect of His word to me through those verses, I have a new perspective on the circumstances in my life. I am confident God hears my cries and He sees my tears. I am confident He has His best for me despite the “junk” going on around me. I pray you too will be comforted through His word and know that He loves you, hears you, sees you, and desires to perfect you.
My Heart’s Prayer: Thank you Lord for being a personable God who knows exactly how I feel and is not far away. I ask that You give me the strength to endure whatever suffering I need to here on earth to learn obedience. I pray You will continue to complete the perfecting work You desire to do in my life. In Jesus Name, Amen.