One of my favourite scripture verses these days is Isaiah 43:2:
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you (NLT).
|God is with me, even in shark-infested waters!|
Some of my Inscribe posts over the last year have described or alluded to challenges my husband and I face with our prodigal children. This is new territory for us. From birth we brought up our son and daughter to know and fear the Lord. We dedicated them as infants, took them to church and youth group, prayed with them, thought we modeled a life of faith. Both of them made decisions for Christ and were baptized of their own volition, our daughter spent three years at Bible College. Now both are walking apart from God. It's all very surreal.
Without Christ to walk alongside us in this journey, where would we be? It's unfathomable. He is our hope. He gives us peace. We know that God is faithful. We know that He is good. He doesn't want anyone to perish and He has good plans for us.
He has good plans for our children too. We know that; we believe that. We are "certain that God, who began the good work. . .will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns" (Philippians 1:6, NLT).
This new territory is fraught with unknowns: When will God move? Is He at work even now? What will He have to do to restore our children to Himself? How long will it take? How difficult will they make it? And so on.
|Where two or three or gathered, He is in our midst|
Susan Barclay maintains a website at www.susan-barclay.blogspot.com and has recently returned to blogging there on a semi-regular basis.