It has been an intense week. On Tuesday, my father-in-law (a.k.a. Pop) had a stroke. It didn’t look good the first 48 hours but in the days following Pop showed pretty good improvement. He had no physical damage, like paralysis, from the stroke and the way it happened prevented any serious effects. God’s protection on him definitely. Now, he’s not out of the woods yet but we are heading in the right direction.
In the Word, it says, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” (1 Peter 4:12) For “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
We can know that trials will come but, most importantly, we can know the the Lord is present when they do. He does’t abandon His children but instead “the Lord is faithful.” (2 Thessalonians 3:3) “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (Exodus 33:14) We do not have to endure our struggles by ourselves. We are not meant as God’s children to walk alone through tribulations.
It is so humbling to me the way the Lord loves His children. His parenting skills are right on. He demonstrates to us a faithfulness like none other. We see evidence of this in Abraham’s and Isaac’s story. God promised Abraham that he would be a great nation yet he asked him to sacrifice his son, Isaac. However, God never planned for Abraham to kill Isaac and He did make Abraham a great nation. Abraham only needed to trust the Lord.
We also see God’s faithfulness in Gideon’s story. Even though Gideon showed doubt in what the Lord was asking him to do, God remained faithful and showed Gideon that he only needed to trust Him. By doing so, Gideon won the fight against thousands of Midianites by the hand of God and only 300 hundred men.
I don’t know what the next day, week or months hold for Pop. What I do know is that I can trust the Lord to do what is best and good. I can trust He will guide decisions concerning Pop’s health care. I can trust He will be present through it all because He cannot deny His character. “If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13) I can trust we will see His face every step of the way. If Pop crosses your mind this week, lift him up in prayer please. I know the Lord will hear.
Well, I was able to read some of the posts you shared. Not as many as I had hoped with all that went on with Pop but I got to some. Thank you for faithfully sharing your posts and this link up with others.
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