Grace

As I am writing this, it is January 10, 2019. At 4 a.m. I received a call that my father had passed away. I immediately drove the short three miles to be with my Mom. Hours later, I sat alone for a brief moment and I glanced at my phone. The notification said “‘Fear Not’ is now published on WordPress.”

I have been writing my posts a week ahead and scheduling them (I finally got organized!), so by the time they are published I don’t always remember what I had written. I felt that I needed to read it.

Contrary to popular belief, the phrase “God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform,” is not from the scriptures. That doesn’t mean, however, that there isn’t a grain of truth in it. When I read the post, I couldn’t help but weep and rejoice at God’s faithfulness to my family. He sent the right word at exactly the right time.

We often pray our own will, but in His grace He sticks to His plan. We think that we know what is best for ourselves, but He always sees the “big picture” that in our limited vision we just cannot see. I’m beginning to understand that sometimes the things which rend our hearts are actually meant for our healing.

Sometimes patients are told by their doctors that before they can get a certain treatment which they desire, they must make certain changes. Sometimes that entails losing weight. Sometimes other conditions or diseases must be addressed first. The doctors see the big picture, but we only see what hurts us right now.

We don’t always get the answer to prayer that we are looking for; but we always get the answer we need. We don’t have to understand; we just have to trust. And occasionally what we see as God’s silence is really God’s grace.

Blessings on your weekend!

Thank you to all of you who have been praying for me and my family over the last few months. I can think of no greater gift you could have given.

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