Tuesday, January 22, 2008

What if.....

"What if......June comes and you don't have a job yet?"

"What if......my house doesn't sell?"

"What if......we buy a house and the job falls through?"

"What if......you get a job offer before June and they want you to start right away? "

These are some of the questions Vince has been getting from me lately. And his response is always the same, "God knows our needs, Hon. He knows I need a job, He knows we need a home. God is in the details, and He will work it all out for our good." Wow, I love that man. I love his unwavering faith and confidence in the promises of God. I love how patient he is when I worry, and the way he confidently and lovingly reassures me that everything will be alright. And I love how GOD always pulls through and proves Himself faithful, time and time again! He is patient and loving when I worry (even though I know it frustrates and disappoints Him when I do) and when I seem to forget all the times He has been soooo faithful to me! He has brought me through the desert, a long and dry season of loneliness and searching. And now as I stand on the edge of my promised land, my toes touching the plush green grass of my future, I remember...

"Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live..." Deut. 4:9.

"Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commands." Deut. 7:9

I've been reading in Isaiah 66 since Sunday (see Monday's blog about Vinny's verse). As I read verse 9 of that chapter, God reminded me that He is faithful to finish what He starts:

" 'Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?' says the LORD. 'Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery?' says your God." Isaiah 66:9

God did not bring us this far to leave us homeless, or jobless! He has brought us together to create a new family, to create a marriage that reflects His love, and to accomplish His purposes in each of our lives. Jesus came to give us life, an abundant life not a life of squalor!! Why is it so hard for me to remember that sometimes?
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10
I know that doesn't mean that we won't struggle....we have and will. Things will not always work out perfectly, at least not by our human standards. Thank God that His standards and His vision are so much broader than our own! He is our Provider. He provides EVERYTHING that we need (note: need, not want). And He tells us not to worry.
"So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' (where will you work?) or 'What shall we drink?' (where will we live?) or 'What shall we wear?' (what if...what if...what if???) For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:31-34
What if??? What if??? What if I trusted God! What if I truly believed Him to be our Provider, as much as I profess to! What if I accept, and recognize the abundant life that He promises to provide, and is in fact providing to us already?!

2 comments:

  1. I love you hon! I LOVE the fact that you feel confident enough in our relationship that you can come to me with those 'What if's' and you're right! God IS faithful and merciful and IS the source of our strength! Think of the 'What if's' if God's hand wan't in the details of our lives...

    What if...Kari never pointed you to my BLOG?

    What if...you never felt the need to email me?

    What if...I would have been so entrenched in self-pity and sorrow that I refused to recognize the blessing God had in store for me in YOU!

    Praise be to our heavenly Father who SO loves us and lavishes His blessing upon us! Praise be to the One true God, who sees our every need and prepares our way...

    What if indeed!

    ~ V

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  2. Anonymous1/25/2008

    Lisa-
    Between you and Vince, these blog entries about 'worry' have cropped up a lot. You also wrote one of my favorite Bible verses, which is also a song, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be given unto you, Alleluiah" (I know I didn't spell that right). It's been a favorite of mine for just about forever, and it hasn't become clear until very recently why I needed to learn that song so long ago. I just cry thinking about all the worry we have been though in the recent past, and how many times I sang that song, and how many times I ran your blog entries about not worrying through my head, and how many times I have prayed and laid my worries upon the Lord. If it weren't for your blog entries, I probably would have been committed about a year and a half ago.
    Thanks,
    Kari

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