I’m taking a break from my normal genre to share thoughts related to my eldest granddaughter, Emmeline, who will celebrate her 11th birthday in May. In God’s wisdom, He allowed her to be born with a brain tumor. In God’s providence, he has provided excellent medical care and financial help through all these years. In God’s goodness, he has supported her with an “army” of prayer supporters who have stood behind her faithfully. And now, still in God’s plan, a “growth” of some sort has appeared on her brain stem, triggering alarming symptoms.
Emmeline is an incredibly beautiful and sweet girl who loves the Lord, enjoys making greeting cards and treasures her friends. She is big sister to five younger siblings and enjoys the love and care of devoted parents. Most of all, she is loved by God—Who doesn’t make mistakes!
As our family heads into a new part of this journey with her, we pray that we can all keep our eyes on the Lord, leaning ever harder on His goodness, grace, provision, strength, and mercy. May He be glorified in Emmeline and her family no matter where this leads. And may those who watch be drawn closer to Him.
Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus!
A dinner invitation from God? This actually happened at Mt. Sinai!
Then Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel climbed up the mountain. There they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there seemed to be a surface of brilliant blue lapis lazuli, as clear as the sky itself. And though these nobles of Israel gazed upon God, he did not destroy them. In fact, they ate a covenant meal, eating and drinking in his presence! (Exodus 24:9-11 NLT)
What an amazing God we have who is always inviting us into His presence! He actually wants to be with us! (See also Revelation 3:20 and 22:17 and lots of other verses throughout the Bible .)
Then what long-term effect do you suppose this experience had on those Israelite leaders? Well, sorry to say, just 40 days later (chapter 32), the people were caught worshipping a golden calf they’d demanded that Aaron make, presumably with the consent of these very 70 leaders who had just seen the true God in all his glory! They even had the gall to greet this image as “the gods who brought [us] out of the land of Egypt!”
How can people, like those leaders, turn so quickly from God’s truth, power, and beauty — to go along with something dead, deceptive and demonic? Is it because our knowledge does not come with allegiance? Have we not totally given Him our hearts and lives? Are we willing to conform to the demands of the rebellious crowds? God, help us to be faithful to You and to Your truth, no matter what!
Nick Vujicic, a man who was born without arms and legs, is a living exhibit of what Jesus said of the man born blind in John 9:2-3: “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.” And of the terminal illness of Lazarus in John 11:4: “It happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” What most people today would call a tragedy (and would have even tried to abort) is instead being used as a showcase for God’s glory and power.
So next time I experience some frustration, inconvenience, pain, or much worse—Lord, help me to remember that You intend to show Your power and character and glory through me. Help me not to dishonor You by complaining, resisting, or giving up.
Throughout our lives we are always in danger of death for Jesus’ sake, in order that his life may be seen in this mortal body of ours. …For this reason we never become discouraged. Even though our physical being is gradually decaying, yet our spiritual being is renewed day after day. And this small and temporary trouble we suffer will bring us a tremendous and eternal glory, much greater than the trouble. For we fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever. (2 Corinthians 4:11, 16-17, TEV)