A couple of days ago I attended a couple’s Renewing of their Wedding Vows. It was a picture perfect day, with blue skies, sun shining, wind lightly blowing, and the ceremony taking place in their back yard. Trees swaying, birds singing, and family and friends showing up with lawn chairs at 1:30 in the afternoon. It looked truly like something out of a movie!
I witnessed this couple having the joy of the Lord and His peace that passes all understanding. Why would I mention God’s peace on a day like this? My friends are in the midst of a storm, battling against time and cancer. The groom had been up most of the night being sick. But to watch his grown son walk with him toward the front of the gathering of family and friends, you wouldn’t have known it. He had lost weight, but the smile on his face gave no indication of the mountain in front of him. And the bride was breathtakingly beautiful! To witness the renewing of their vows, knowing the uphill battles they fought over the years, made me stand in awe of their unwavering faith. They knew their strength comes from the Lord.
I myself know this peace that passes all understanding. About 4 years ago, 3 of my newly grown sons, in a very short amount of time, were finding themselves in circumstances that were difficult. And as a mom, there wasn’t anything I could do to help them. To respect their privacy I won’t go into detail, but I can safely say their worlds got rocked in very different ways. The afternoon I received a phone call from the eldest explaining what happened the night before, I found myself in tears as I walked home from work. I thought of a mature Christian friend, and called her up. I told her I needed 10 minutes of her time to pray with me. I had never done that before, ask someone to pray with me. I went into my basement so my sons wouldn’t see me crying, and poured my heart out to her. Once she was aware of all that was going on, she prayed with me over the phone. And she prayed for God’s peace that passes all understanding to come upon me. And it did! It came upon me on a Thursday, about 4:45 pm, and stayed with me through the night, through Friday, Saturday, and into Sunday, long enough to get myself into church and get recharged!
What a glorious Father we have! That He would care about my feelings about my sons’ circumstances… I had never known that.
No matter what mountain you are facing, no matter how big the battle, know this: God is for you, and is waiting for you to invite Him into your life. He never intended us to walk through this life alone. Yes, the greatest reward is knowing my name is in the Lamb’s Book of Life, that I received Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior. But there’s so much more that’s available to us even now on the earth.
It’s time to take God out of the box. He’s so much bigger, so much better than you think! He’s able to do the abundantly well for you, in you, and through you!