to those who hear."
Ephesians 4:29b NASB
Today should be the 64th birthday of someone who should have loved me like a daughter. Instead, he was more interested in fulfilling his own needs then my own.
I would have to say that I have celebrated his death over the last 11 years more so than I ever celebrated his birth. Counting it as a day that I thought would be the completion of a season in my life that could never again be visited.
I had been counseled to try to find something positive about the man. And for the longest time, all I could remember is that he taught me how to make scrambled eggs with cheese.
But today, I ponder on the fact of whether I feel like celebrating his birth. When I look at the things in my life that have brought me closest to the Lord... they have been the most painful times. Times when all I could do was trust in the Lord and remember His promise to be
Psalm 68:5a NIV
And so, if I truly admit to the one thing that has brought me the most pain... and yet, the most dependence on my God... it would be the life (and choices) of this man.
Do I dare celebrate his birth? I have to admit, sisters... this is the agonizing one. And I do not write these words flippantly. Not at all.
Because there are some of you who are still in the midst... and the battle... of someone else's injurious choices. You do not have the benefit of the passing of 11 years like I do.
And my encouragement to you, is that in all of this... the good and the bad... we can make our own choices. Choices that bring life and not death. Choices to rely upon God and His promises. Choices that are in our own control.
Today, I choose to believe that
...God intended it for good
to accomplish what is now being done,
the saving of many lives.
Genesis 50:20b NIV
And His words found in Jeremiah...
I'll show up and take care of you
as I promised and bring you back home.
I know what I'm doing.
I have it all planned out
—plans to take care of you,
not abandon you,
plans to give you the future
you hope for.
"When you call on me,
when you come and pray to me,
When you come looking for me,
you'll find me.
"Yes, when you get serious about finding me
and want it more than anything else,
I'll make sure you won't be disappointed." God's Decree.
"I'll turn things around for you.
I'll bring you back
from all the countries into which I drove you"
"bring you home to the place from which
I sent you off into exile.
You can count on it.
Jeremiah 29:10b-14 The Message
God has promised... He will bring you out of the places of exile. You can count on it!