It had been a hard day mentally and spiritually for my family. The radio blared in my minivan as I tried to focus on praising the Lord. My head was telling me even the Lord could have problems calming this massive storm.
As I drove with tears streaming and my heart laid bare before the Lord, I felt hopeless. I needed encouragement in a serious kind of way. Just a word–a Scripture to come to mind. A call–just a friend to say I’m praying for you. Nothing.
Even in the silence I knew the Lord was with me. My heart wanted comfort and direction. Yet again I resigned myself to wait patiently.
Blue Tree’s song, God of this City, came on the radio. As I sang through the first chorus, the Holy Spirit began to speak gently to my heart.
“Sing ‘God of this Family’ instead.”
I began to sing…
The more the words came, the more the tears fell. This time not in sadness, but in praise and thankfulness to a Savior who knows my heart, feels my pain, and is always near. He is bigger than any problem or situation we confront–and we do not face it alone. He also sees a future we cannot, and on this day I could not.
That was several years ago and my prayer request is still unanswered. Yet.
I’m still believing and trusting in His timing. I still sing God of this family and see His hand at work faithfully. His plan and purposes are for more than the right now–they stretch forward for years to come into eternity. He is God of our cities, and He is God of our families. He is God over all.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” Jeremiah 29:11.
“Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare” Psalms 40:5.
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