My grandchildren have great radar, and it’s not because I carry candy in my purse. They are genuinely delighted to see me when I walk into church. Nothing is sweeter than hearing them holler “Grandma!” and come running to wrap their arms around me.
We should call out to God like that
Some people don’t have the kind of family relationships they desire. There may be geographic or emotional distance, or other things that cause them pain.
We know how that feels, too.
When I think of this, I remember the foster child who lives in my grandchildren’s home. He’s right there with them, calling “Grandma!” and holding on to me. Though traumatized and separated from his birth family, he joins in, knowing I’ll hear and embrace him.
“Yea, you’re here!”
“Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp. The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:16-17 NIV).
God doesn’t just care deeply, he is “greatly delighted” with us. He’s with us. There’s rejoicing and singing. Everything’s going to be OK.
by Kathy Sheldon Davis
Organizing my priorities has had me tied up in knots this week, since a hairy, life-changing event happened in our family. I’ve been on edge, trying to untangle the threads and still meet my deadlines.
Today, however, Karen Ball from the Steve Laube Agency posted just the words I needed to hear. We must be experiencing similar frustrations with the many kinks and twists in the weaving of our lives causing both of us to fail getting our blog posts written.
Take a look at her current one, “Expecting the Unexpected.” In her relaxed, encouraging style, she brought me back to the realization that “life is chaos” and God is still in control. He’s still God.
As though to make sure I was listening, the first person to comment on Karen’s post shared a verse that has been one of my favorites for years.
“Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed” (Isaiah 49:23 NIV).
So, perhaps I’m not giving you anything terribly eloquent today. I’m leaning on someone else’s insight, mainly because I can’t compete with how well Karen says it. And she’s funnier than I am.
But here’s the truth. Sometimes all we’ve got is hope. And there’s no reason to stew about anything that’s going on around us, even when we’re trapped in a mess of problems like wool threads on a spindle. God promised through his prophet that we will know him and we won’t be disappointed.
It’s going to be OK.
by Kathy Sheldon Davis