There is a date next to these verses in my Bible: 4/92.
Upon the sale of their stock brokerage firm, my Dear Husband and his business partner
were obliged to live in California for several months to assure a smooth transition.
DH was stressed out. He hated living away from me and our kids. The new owners were difficult.
He was passing through waters up to his nostrils.
I remember crying out to God for him.
This passage soothed my worries.
I didn't realize then the significance of the word When.
God did not say, If.
I didn't know how many times and the circumstances under which
I would come back to that passage during the last 20 years.
I don't know what the next years hold either.
I do know this, though:
My Heavenly Father was, is, and always will be there
to comfort me
and empower me with His love.
This afternoon, Mom told me she has to stay in the skilled nursing facility
for another week. She's just not stable on her feet yet.
I heard disappointment, discouragement, confusion, and fear in her voice.
I felt powerless to help her.
Seems like the best I can do is call, listen, and encourage.
Last fall, Mom, knowing we were going through tough times,
sent us a card with this verse in it.
It was a reminder of the truth I learned so many moons ago.
The card has resided on the desk next to my computer since then.
Just don't have the heart to throw it away.
It came in handy again today.
If adversity introduces us to ourselves,
it's also an opportunity to draw closer to God.
Thank you, Lord, that You are near us
in the dark valleys as well as the mountain tops of life.
Please give our family eyes to see You in these circumstances.
May our confident hope draw others to You.
May you have eyes to see Him this week!