Today I am happy. It’s been a great Thanksgiving weekend!
After so many months of struggle and waiting for answered prayers, feeling like I’m drowning in a sea of impossible problems, the Lord has graciously opened the curtain just a little bit to let in some light and whisper a little bit of how He is in the process of answering our prayers! Thank You, Lord! And thank you to those of you who have been praying for me and my family.
The Lord is in the process of answering prayers even when we can’t see the answer yet!
My parents’ health has not improved and likely will not, but instead of having to split them up in separate care facilities, my sister and her husband have stepped up to the plate and offered to let our parents come stay with them. They have the room to give my parents their own living quarters; her husband is a great handyman and is able to get things ready.
Yesterday we had a big work day over at the parents’ house. Cousins were raking leaves and playing football and my sister was cleaning junk out of the garage and cooking, while I and my nephew stood on ladders scraping and painting the rest of the fascia that we are required to finish to keep my parents from losing their homeowners insurance. It looked nice when we finished, and there were no accidents with the ladder like I had a couple of weeks ago trying to shorten the extension ladder with my hand on one of the rungs below. Ouch isn’t strong enough; it was more like “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!”
Yeah, that mistake took my appreciation for Jesus’ taking the nail in His hand to a new level. And yet, the very next day my hand was miraculously so much better! Only some residual swelling and stiffness and soreness; it was amazing!
It was my right hand, too, so if it hadn’t been so quick to heal, I wouldn’t have been able to do all the things I’m responsible for at my house, at my parents’ house, and everywhere in between.
The Lord is good! 🙂
That does not mean that He never lets anything bad happen to us.
Sometimes we need to go through hard times to get a better look at how good and powerful and loving He really is, because when times are not so hard, we forget God and mistakenly think that we are managing on our own and that we don’t really need Him.
Some people say that believing in God is only for the weak.
I’m here to say that we are ALL weak. Some people just don’t know it yet.
The mortality rate is still 100%, no matter whether we work out, eat right, run marathons, do body building, or pursue other ways to strengthen body and soul.
We are all weak and need the Lord.
Going through all these trials is a blessing in disguise, because God is the Better-than-silver lining behind the clouds of this life.
Getting to know Him close up and personal is the best thing that ever happened to me, and it’s the best thing that can ever happen to you, as well!