19 August 2012

watching for Rescue

I sit here in the quiet.
Hear the sounds from the kitchen of dinner being made.
Hear the sounds of the birds outside the window,
the wind in the hundreds of trees out behind the house.

It is still.
A little misty,
a little gray,
the Northwest August day.

My heart is still heavy inside me.

All has been good,
and suddenly everything has fallen.
So many lives that I love are hurting right now.
These brokenness's are scars of the Fall,
and I am aching for the Redemption.

Surely there is to be rescue?
They love Him.

What if I simply don't see it?
The Rescuer has come.
He walks among us still.

His plans,
so much greater than mine,
are at work.

He is here,
Bringing His desire for our lives into being.
Working through everything.

sometimes even breaking,
so that we will bear good fruit.

the Master won't ever
walk out and fail to return.
If he works severely, he also works tenderly.

His stockpiles of loyal love are immense.
He takes no pleasure in making life hard,
in throwing roadblocks in the way

(Lamentations 3:31b-33 MSG)

I hold fast to this promise.
God is not a cosmic grandfather,
throwing blessings and curses to us with equal care.
He doesn't "have it in for us."

No, He has plans for our good. To give us hope, a future.
He is mysterious,
I don't know His ways.
He's God.
To quote Mr. Beaver in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,
" 'course He isn't safe! But He's good. He's the King, I tell you."
He's good.

It is not safe, not easy to walk with Him.

Still, I wouldn't want it any other way.
To do so would be to minimize Him.
I cannot flip to the end of the hard parts of this story, and make sure that everything is all right.
But I do know how the story ends.

.....Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.

Revelation 21:1-7 ESV

And that, that is enough.



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