Wednesday, October 05, 2011

He is, yes, He is

When I was in school, we used to conjugate verbs. for example, the verb 'remember':

I remember We remember

you remember You remember

He/She/It remembers They remember

Then there are those verbs that don't follow any of the regular rules, like 'to be':

I am We are

You are You are

He/She/It is They are

This year, 2011, has been the worst year I can remember. This year, it has seemed that every time we would pick ourselves up from one thing, something else would happen to hit us again. Deaths, sicknesses, divorces, etc, etc.... it's been a rough year.

The only thing we've been able to cling to is God. He has been our anchor when we have felt battered by waves in a storm. I have seen over and over why God said to Moses in Exodus 3: "Say to the people of Israel, "I AM has sent me to you".

This year, we have been experiencing that HE IS.....

HE IS faithful. We have a Father who will never leave us nor forsake us. No matter what's going on around us, He is right there, walking with us.

HE IS love. He is bigger than bitterness or anger or resentment or discouragement. He loves us when we feel our most unlovable. He loves us even when He knows the things we think, but never say out loud.

HE IS in control. Even though we have felt blindsided, He is not surprised. Because of that, we can rest in his arms when we feel overwhelmed.

HE IS our provider. Over and over this year, we've seen God provide even the smallest details in the midst of our pain. From encouragement from friends at just the right time, to unexpected surprises, God has always provided just what we've needed.

HE IS our shepherd. He knows what lies ahead for us. He knows the direction we need to take. He will guide us as we walk unfamiliar paths.

HE IS our redeemer. He will take these difficult times and turn them into something beautiful. Whether that beauty will be displayed in wisdom, discernment, mercy or whatever He chooses, it will be beautiful.

HE IS everlasting. These days will pass and soon this year will be a memory. But God is forever. I can cling to that truth as I walk through these difficult days.

HE IS my rock. I can hunker down and hold onto the rock that is my foundation and strength. I don't have to know what will happen tomorrow or next year. I only have to hold on today. He will give me the strength, mercy, grace, wisdom that I will need, as I need it.

Grace and strength for the day are never given ahead of when we need them. It's not something that can be stored up for a difficult time. God gives us what we need, when we need it. Our job isn't to figure it out, our job is to cling to the Rock.

I will be re-reading this as needed. It's my reminder as I finish out 2011.


Anonymous said...

so true, ruth - you can't "store up" for when things get rough. you just lean on God and take it one moment at a time. thanks for sharing your thoughts on it. hugs, julie

Liz said...

I wasn't aware that you'd faced trials & tribulations this year. Well, you know, more significant ones than the day to day stuff. I'm so sorry! Praying that God holds you tight & shelters you from the storms for the rest of this year....drawing you in to snuggle under His arms for a little respite from the tough stuff of life.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Ruth, it sounds like it has been quite a year for you. I'm sorry that it has been so tough. But God has given you amazing strength to keep turning to him and seeing His faithfulness each day. What a blessing he enabled you to write this and that you committed to keep rereading it before you knew Kevin would lose his job. God is always up to something good, I pray He will enable you to seek what good that might be. Sometimes it takes awhile to surface for me, but it's there if I keep seeking him. Blessings, dear friends.

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