If you have been following my blog you know that I have been in a long trial and waiting on the Lord. He rescued us this week. He came with a wonderful answer to prayer and surprised Steve and I with a blessing.. more than we expected. We were very worn out and feeling like we could barely take another step.. My faith was stretched so far.. I actually felt like I was going to fall apart.. and emotionally I really was doing exactly that.
Suddenly God answered many years of prayer.. He came for us. The morning that this happened I saw us on a ledge and there was a huge fall ahead if something did not change.. my husband calls it the fiscal cliff.. since we were about to lose everything if he did not get work.. 3 years and 3 months of unemployment ..10 years of temporary jobs.. 14 years of crying out for His provision. This week a great opportunity came..seemingly out of the blue. A phone call.. an interview.. and he was hired in less than a week.
The Lord is the rescuer.. He shows up we really need it and often waits until it is totally clear that it is His hand that brings the answer.. not our efforts. We run out of ideas.. energy..hope.. and everything else. When we know that we cannot solve our own problems.. then He steps in.. we absolutely know without a doubt that it is Him.. we cannot take credit or believe that our human effort brought the answer. Our God came through just the same way He came through for Daniel in the lion’s den and for Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. In each of these stories.. the men refused to bow down and worship a false god.
They said ” our God will rescue us and even if he does not we will not bow down to anything or anyone else.” That is where God takes us when a trial tests our faith. He takes us to the place where we are forced to say that we will stay true to Him no matter how things turn out..then He knows we trust Him.. We may be shaking as we tell Him that, but our hearts are in the right place.. He knows we will not fall or turn away from Him..
I found myself in that situation very recently and remembered other times when my faith was tested in that same way. He was always faithful and He always rescued me.. remembering helps us to endure.. to persevere and to hold on. He will not disappoint or forget us. We are His and He is ours.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.