The word of my year this year is PRAY. As we enter February, I am comforted by my prayer time. It literally is a comfort to me, like a warm blanket surrounding me while I enjoy a cup of coffee in front of a fire. I feel God’s presence as I talk with Him.
The past 6 weeks have been excruciating for me and for the family of my friend, Rob. I have spent literally countless hours praying about him, for him, for his family, for those who care about him, for the, my friends and their needs, doctors and nurses, other hospital patients, you name it. I’ve wrestled with God on some questions from deep within me. I’ve sought council from friends who I know love Jesus, from those who have walked the path he’s walked, from those who work with those who’ve walked this path. I’ve done research, I’ve read, I’ve prayed.
My valley has happened while someone else is on a mountaintop, just as my mountaintop happens while someone else is in the valley. I am grateful for those who have faithfully lifted me (as well as others in my circle) in prayer and encouragement during this time. I pray to be able to return their blessing someday when I’m on the mountaintop and they’re in the valley.
Along my journey, I have reaffirmed what I already knew about God. He is faithful. He loves us. He IS working together all things for good. No, not all things are good, but I can do clearly see Gods hand on our lives… and I can see Him making a difference in the lives of people around me. As we travel through this journey together, my Lord is showing me things I’ve not known before, preparing me for something He has planned.
I so deeply love my Lord and trust where we’ve been, and trust where He will lead. I remember so clearly a few months ago when He asked me if I’d trust Him “when it got really bad”. I don’t know if it’s “really bad” yet, but I trust Him with a resounding “yes, Lord, I will trust You when it’s really bad”.
The God of the mountain is the same God in our valleys… and the God in our valleys is the same God in our mountains.
God has answered prayers in a big way this week. I’ll fill you in soon. I am trusting in His timing and in His guidance, to move Rob to wherever Rob needs to be. I pray God will continue to open and close doors to protect and heal my friend.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Lord. I know I need to trust you for everything… including Robs continued care. Everything I have is yours.