What Were We Thinking????

Honestly, sometimes I have asked myself, “What were we thinking?!!!”

Our trip to the United States to spend time with family is coming up fast! Our purpose on this trip is to build up and encourage our family through our presence in the month of November. Honestly, such times have been preciously few over our 10+ year missionary career.

We chose this particular time frame because of some honorable and meritorious reasons. However, as the day of our departure approaches, I realize that we are landing on U.S. soil at a chaotic time in US history. How can I tell? Well, my Facebook stream is filled with anger, worry, fear, angst, desperation, bewilderment, agitation, vulgarity and even more as I read different posts about the candidates running for the US Presidency. These feelings and opinions were present when our family was on home assignment last year. However, the intensity of these emotions has increased to volcanic proportions.  None of these expressions can possibly be emanating from a place of Light. Honestly, this darkness is really, really, really difficult to read.

Since we are going to land on the eve of the election and will be there for the results, I have asked the Lord, “What were we thinking to return to the States at this time?”

It’s so crazy there right now!

What could we be thinking to return now?

Then the Lord reminded me:

Four years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In September 2012, we didn’t know how severe the cancer would be or what type of surgery and treatment would be required. It was a period of scary uncertainty. I didn’t know if I was going to live or possibly die. In those very early days, the Lord led me to Psalm 116. I desperately sought Him for His help, His peace and His assurance. I can’t tell you how needy I was for His Word and for His Hope.

Recently, as I prayed for guidance for this trip to the States, once again my God led me to this Psalm. I was so grateful! It once again addresses my heart’s cry as I seek to listen and care for those I meet on my trip home. It is my prayer that you are encouraged too. Please read every word – especially if this US Presidential Election has stirred you up into a frenzy:

I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live.

 The cords of death entangled me,
the anguish of the grave came over me;
I was overcome by distress and sorrow.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
“Lord, save me!”

 The Lord is gracious and righteous;
our God is full of compassion.
The Lord protects the unwary;
when I was brought low, he saved me.

Return to your rest, my soul,
for the Lord has been good to you.

For you, Lord, have delivered me from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling,

 that I may walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.

I trusted in the Lord when I said,
“I am greatly afflicted”;

in my alarm I said,
“Everyone is a liar.”

What shall I return to the Lord
for all his goodness to me?

I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the Lord.

I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.

Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his faithful servants.

Truly I am your servant, Lord;
I serve you just as my mother did;
you have freed me from my chains.

I will sacrifice a thank offering to you
and call on the name of the Lord.

I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people,
 in the courts of the house of the Lord—
in your midst, Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord.

Amen

Wow! Wow! Wow!

I am so heartened, yes, heartened by these words!

You see, I remember a time when I had no idea if I would live or die. The future was dark. I couldn’t see what was ahead. At just that moment, my Lord provided me with these words that brought great solace…

Return to your rest, my soul
For the LORD has been good to you.

Yes!

Yes, the LORD has been good to me!

He brought me to a place of heart remembrance.

The LORD has been good to me!

He brought me to a place of soul rest.

The LORD has been good to me!

He reminded me of the joy and love of my family.

The LORD has been good to me!

He told me of the times that He had guided me through upheaval.

The LORD has been good to me!

He embraced me with His love when I felt unlovable and alone.

The LORD has been good to me!

He freed me from chains of worry and fear.

The LORD has been good to me!

He showed me past events where I had not known what to do, and He provided direction.

The LORD has been good to me!

He blessed me with His peace when I had been so anxious.

The LORD has been good to me!

He declared me as His own and held me close when I needed Him most.

The LORD has been good to me!

He revealed my purpose and set me on a life course to fulfill it!

The LORD has been good to me!

Yes, The LORD has been good to me!

And Friends, if you pause and reflect upon your life, it is my prayer that you will  also remember and exclaim:

The LORD has been good to me!!!!

So, if the LORD has been good to us in the past, how can He not be good to us now and in the future regardless of the state of our presidential election and future circumstances?

We cannot expect a US President – whoever that may ultimately be – to save us.

No.

In truth, as believers and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we were never meant to be saved for this place, this country, or this world. We were never destined to live comfortable, sustainable lives on this earth.

Our salvation is for eternity.

Our purpose is to share the love of Christ,  follow His commands and declare His Name to the Nations:

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” New International Version, Matthew 28:19-20

I understand that the US Presidential Election has people stirred up, made them heart-sick, angry, hysteric, and more as they judge the candidates running for office. But this is ultimately the problem. People are looking to the candidates and not to their God – especially if they are Believers – for their identity and future. If we can learn anything from the past, no candidate has ever fully-fulfilled the promises they have made. Not ever.

But God?

Has He fulfilled His promises?

Has He helped us in the past ?

Has He proved Himself trustworthy?

Has He saved us?

For me, I can categorically affirm my God’s care and affirming Presence in my life – in good times and in bad.

And for this reason, I praise Him.

Yes, I praise Him!

Friends, I don’t know where you are in terms of your voting decisions, and I really don’t care.

What I care about is you!

I care that you hold onto the Hope that is yours in Christ – no matter what happens today or in the future.

Someone will be the next US President.

Our God already knows who this person will be.

Since He knows, He has a purpose in mind for this person; just as He has a purpose for you and for me.

The LORD is good. He is true. He is sovereign. He is just.

Do you believe that?

If yes, then trust Him. There is no need to post this worry or that worry or this accusation or that accusation on Facebook about the candidates. God has this whole thing under His control and in His sight.

Praise Him for that!

Rest in that!

Return to your rest, my soul

For the LORD has been good to you.

Be at peace, my friends. Be at peace.

If you begin to fear, praise Him!

If you begin to despair, praise Him!

If you begin to feel angry, praise Him!

If you begin to burst into hysterics, praise Him!

Praise the Lord, O my Soul, Praise His Holy Name!

And for this reason, our family is returning to the States – to remind you – of the amazing goodness and sweet faithfulness of our Lord!

Remember, the Lord’s good, abiding Presence in your life is there always! And praise Him!

be-at-rest

 

Image retrieved from Broken Believers

 

2 thoughts on “What Were We Thinking????

  1. Thank you, Heather, for reminding us so clearly who we belong to and depend upon. Praise God! I am clinging to Him and His Son through this time of indecision and human conflict in our country. The Spirit brings me peace and joy when I dwell on God and His Word! 🙏🏼😉👍🏻

    1. Hello, Rita! I am convinced that our God is asking us to seek Him and that many, many people are responding in both faith and obedience. Here in South Africa, there have been many calls to prayer for this nation. The same is happening in the United States. People are gathering to pray in unity. It could be considered a hopeless time – but a I disagree. Our God is on the move and He is calling the faithful to Him! I pray that many continue to respond and that many are drawn to Christ in the process. Thank you for writing, Rita! May the Lord bless you!

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