Somewhere Over The Rainbow

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Psalm 37:25 “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.”

Genesis 9:13 “I have set My rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.”

A slew of hopes and dreams miraculously converged and materialized on May 14, 2016 when four generations of my family members got together on a beautiful, heaven-like day at “the farm.” No one was absent! The great grandparents were there and all three of our adult children, their spouses, and all three grandchildren/cousins!

I was once young and now I am older, and this gathering was definitely a rare alignment! In my busy busy younger life, I didn’t really appreciate “the farm.” Only recently have I embraced the Kodak moments that should be sweetly savored, including get togethers at this sacred site. Little did I know that one day a double rainbow would settle over my complete family on a pretty day in the country, highlighting a life of God’s blessing and a legacy of singular faith in Him shared by all. The prayer of my life, answered with an exclamation point, in a fleeting moment, but eternal in reality. It was a “Wow” few hours!

All of our stories have never been smooth, but God is good – all the time! Not a flimsy saying, by any means. Certainly Pilgrim’s Progress has been descriptive of the rough terrain of our faith. Yet, God gave us this unmistakeable promise in Isaiah 59:21, ” ‘As for Me, this is My covenant with them,’ says the Lord. ‘My Spirit, Who is on you, and My words that I have put in your mouth will not depart from your mouth, or from the mouths of your children, or from the mouths of their descendants from this time on and forever,’ says the Lord.”

I have never seen the righteous forsaken. That double rainbow reminded me of God’s great faithfulness in my family. What a day!

 

The Summons That Counts

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Psalm 37:1a “Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong;”

Isaiah 43:1-2 “But now, this is what the Lord says – He who created you, O Jacob, He Who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are Mine. 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.’ ”

Psalm 37 may mean the most to me because it promises that God will take care of all the evil stuff, in His own time. All that is required is trust in Him. I need not fret or be paralyzed by what occurs in a fallen world. Instead, there is a great promise for me in Isaiah 43. Fret not, because I am redeemed. Fret not, because I have been summoned by name by a loving Father who will be with me always. I will not be swept over, burned or set ablaze. Turbulent waters may come, but I have been summoned by name by the Lord who created me, formed me and redeemed me.

Yes, I am saddened by the people who do wrong to get ahead, and seemingly “win” as a result. Whether it is the falsification of grades or identity fraud or the use of steroids by top athletes (the list goes on…), how frustrating it is to watch it all unfold in our fallen, flawed world. I know, I know… Stop pointing the finger. I am a sinner capable of all of the above, too, but thankfully I am saved by God’s grace. Because of His grace and no effort of my own, I am not counted among evil people.

Turbulent waters will keep swirling. Raging fires will keep burning. But, I have this hope… and Franklin Graham summed it up best in his tweet yesterday: “The God that delivered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from their fiery execution is the same God today – and He is still more than able to save.”

The summons that counts in life is when God calls you by name and you are confident it is for all eternity. He is still more than able to save.

That’s Good!

Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

As a grandmother of three granddaughters, I have lived a joyful but exhausting dimension of life on earth caring for my youngest two-year-old granddaughter for almost two weeks. Granted, it actually took two grandparents (Nana and Pop Pop) double-timing it to cover all the bases, but it can be done! And when we look back, we will always say, “That’s Good!”

From maple syrup rubbed by sticky little hands into blond baby curls at breakfast to wild singing and dancing along with Disney’s “Hot Dog Dance” – there is no more doubt – “That’s Good!”

We heard the word “no” A LOT! When we said “go left” we always expected she would “go right” and when we said “get up” we knew she would want to “go down.” But we learned that ingenious, but patient distractions could be used to lead our robust little toddler to eat or go to bed. Hugs and “hold you’s” stole our hearts and took the “terrible” out of two!

From our little grandgirl we learned so much. The best thing was when asked “Who saved you?” – this little gal said Jesus. And “Who made you?” – sometimes answering God and sometimes answering Dora (the family dog). And for prayers before bedtime, this little one especially exclaimed “Amen!” with folded hands.

Psalm 78:6-7 says, “He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.”

While we delight in the Lord, our grandchildren represent one of the deepest desires of our hearts. Enjoying this granddaughter for two weeks reminded us of what a gift it is to participate in the next generation AND the one after that! “That’s Good!”