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Thank You Lord…

For the Hurting.

The sermon at our church yesterday was from Colossians 3:1-4, one of my favorite, favorite scriptures – “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

Our Pastor challenged us to thank God for the hurting, to TRUST HIM in EVERY circumstance. This past week has been filled with endless opportunities to trust God – to trust him in an awful, scary situation full of fear & hurt. I don’t think I could have ever prepared myself for what happened last week. On Tuesday morning at 4:30am, I was awoken by police officers telling us that our car had been stolen & our home invaded. WHILE WE WERE ASLEEP. While my husband, mom, 2 children & I were in our rooms sleeping peacefully, 2 teenage kids thought it would be a thrill to  break into our home & TRY to steal our security, peace & confidence. But they did not succeed. Why, you ask? Because – My Security, Peace & Confidence are not found in myself, other people or things money can buy. My Security, Peace & Confidence are found in God Alone. My family is HIDDEN in Him. The 2 kids did take some earthly possessions, they caused inconvenience & disruption, but they took nothing of TRUE value.

All week I have battled fear. I have battled my imagination, over-analyzing, asking why? & what-if?. But I am so thankful that I can turn to the Lord. I can lay all these things at his feet and rest in him. This morning I awoke with so much peace that can ONLY come from my Savior & Lord. Colossians 3:15 – “Let the Peace of Christ RULE in your hearts.” This morning I found myself saying, “Thank you Lord for this trial. Thank you for protecting us & delivering us from evil. Thank you that I am not alone & that my family is Hidden in You.” I found myself thanking him because this time of trial has drawn me closer to him. In fact, my trust & confidence in the Lord have grown stronger this past week than ever before. Looking back to all the details of the burglary, I see God’s faithfulness & obvious protection intwined through it all. He is SO faithful. When our children are older, my husband & I will be able to share this story with them & say, “Listen to what God has done for our family. He is so faithful. He is our protector.” Psalm 4:8 – “I will lie down & sleep in peace, for YOU ALONE make me dwell in safety.”

Psalm 62: 5-8 “Lord, I find rest in You Alone. My hope comes from you. You Alone are my rock & my salvation. You are my fortress, I will not be shaken. You are my mighty rock, my refuge. I trust you AT ALL TIMES. I pour out my heart to you, for You are my Refuge!”

And that is why I can say, “Thank you for the hurting Lord. I trust you.”

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