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Topic: Walk (07/20/06)
TITLE: Walking With God In Times Of Trouble
By Anne Harrell
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In our darkest hours in our lives the Lord is never far from us. I have a tendency to push every one away from me when the hurt and grief comes my way. Our God is so good to us that He is never far from us when there is pain in our lives. It is us that make Him feel so far from us. When in truth God is right beside us and longs for us to realize that He is there to help us through our darkest hours.
Many times in my life, I can tell you about when the Lord was beside me in the times of trouble. I could feel His arms around me and hear Him telling me that things will be fine that He was there with me. He was there crying with me through every step of the way.
One of my darkest hours was when my daughter died. I knew when I kept my eyes on God He was there to walk with me. When I cried He cried with me. God knew that I would morn the death of my daughter. He knew that what was about to happen when Cyndy was called home. He knew the social services were going to blame me on her death, yet in the mist of the trial He would hear me call out to Him.
A peace did come over me when she died that I knew that she was home with the Lord. Cyndy for the first time in her life was able to talk. She was able to walk with out falling. At that she was able to run where in her short eleven years she wasn’t able to run. Cyndy was at last able to be burden free of her old handicapped body. That peace of knowing she was walking with the Lord is what has helped me to get through almost ten years of her being with the Lord. Without that peace of walking with the Lord I would not be able to go on living.
Just last summer I got to experience the closeness of God when we were on a retreat and my husband was crititcally hurt and had to be med flighted to a hospital two and half hours away, from the retreat. I knew with out a doubt that my God was holding on to me tightly with the love that is beyond our understanding. The peace I had was just so awesome.
I could feel the prayers that were going up for my family. When I drove to the hospital I was afraid of the steep mountains that I was going through coming to the retreat but when I had to drive to the hospital I was not afraid. I had been awake for over twenty-four hours. I know that I was not driving the car. It was God that was driving. I was just the co-driver.
During that trying time reminded me of the poem “Foot Prints In The Sand.” When it speaks of the one set of foot prints, God was carrying me through the valley and set me up on the mountain. When I think about what God has done for me, walking beside me, I think of Isaiah 43:1-5 (ESV).
“But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
Cush and Seba in exchange for you.
Because you are precious in my eyes,
and honored, and I love you,
I give men in return for you,
peoples in exchange for your life.
Fear not, for I am with you;
I will bring your offspring from the east,
and from the west I will gather you.”
My God loves me so much that not only does He walk beside me always, but He also when it came to the cross, He went to the cross and died for me that I would have everlasting life with Him in Heaven some day.
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