What do you cling to when all is stripped away? What do you hold to when your nightmare has come and you find that you're not dreaming? What do you say when you know with every word you speak that your heart might break and the pieces might never come back together?
"The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be His name."
Oh how I long for my heart to respond like Job's. How I long to cling to the truth that our God is good, near, ever faithful, ever strong, all knowing, all-powerful.
My heart might be breaking but this I do know... that NO MATTER what happens our God is God. He is good whether or not what I want to have happen happens. His being Good is not dependent on my life going the way I want. Do I want Samuel to be healed? OF COURSE! Do I wish this hadn't happened? Of course!
But I am trusting Him that He knows the bigger picture, that He will receive the glory, and that He will NEVER leave or forsake me!
John 9:1-7 says,
9:1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 Having said these things, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man's eyes with the mud 7 and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.
May the works of God be displayed in Samuel. May they be displayed in our family. May God receive all the glory.
Psalm 46:1-3 says,
46:1 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
The earth has given away under us and the mountains have fallen into the sea. Our world feels like it's crumbling. All our plans have blown up in our faces... YET, our God is our refuge and strength, and a very present help in trouble.
So onward we go. We cling to God and face the day and do each task that is set and appointed to us. Tired, weary, worn... we stumble on. Knowing that He is carrying us and He will not let us stumble.