I’m sorry I’ve been so ‘quiet’ this week…
Let me clue you in a bit on what’s been going on. A dear friend of mine entered hospice this week. She has been battling cancer for over 5 years. She has been brave. She has been strong. She has been a courageous fighter. She has looked so “good.” But appearances can be so deceiving can’t they?
When I heard the news, I was actually shocked. Even though I knew it was ‘bad’ I truly believed she would beat it. Maybe that’s the optimist in me.
As I’ve been praying endless prayers for her, her husband and family and friends. Yesterday, I began my journaling entry with, “Why, God?” Maybe you have a similar entry into your journal over the years, or even your mental journal.
God is so faithful. When we seek Him, He answers. He boldly told me, and I believe it was His voice without a doubt: “Allison, I have never promised you a life without pain, or heartache. But I have promised to be with you through it all. Through the valleys in life, my promises remain steadfast. I am HERE. I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”
Although circumstances may not change even though we beg for better outcomes for ourselves, and those we love. His love never changes. His character is faithfulness. He can be nothing else.
My heart aches for this family. I pray for a supernatural presence of God’s Holy Spirit to fill their hearts, and their home. For the physical pain my friend may be going through – to be UNFELT. For PEACE. For an undeniable understanding that God is God, and He is always good, no matter the circumstance. His grace covers us.
Isaiah 43:2 says: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
Whatever you are going through, whenever you hurt for those you love, when you see or experience pain and suffering – cling to these promises. I know without a shadow of a doubt, that God works through the valleys just as much (if not more) than the mountain tops. I’ve lived it, and experienced it.
The gifts He has given me through the hard times, I would never replace or give up. They are precious to me. And with every fiber of my being, I know that He sustains you and I, with those gifts of faithfulness, peace, love, and even joy amidst the darkness. Look for those gifts. They are there. Every time.
I’m humbly asking that we, as a group, lift up this family in prayer. It has been said her days here on earth may be only a week, or so… Only God knows.
God is good. All the time. And I’m so thankful.
“You can have all this world…… but give me (us) Jesus.”
Love to you all –