These past few weeks Floyd has had more days of being quiet and relaxed. He has had times of really responding to the things I am saying and telling him about. On some visits though, he has been very solemn and distracted. I sensed that his distraction was sadness. I am praying for encouragement for him and comfort for his heart. Reminding him how much Jesus loves him, how faithful Jesus is, and how worthy He is of what we are walking through.
I am praying for grace for him to endure the suffering he's in and fresh courage for him.
Suffering, our Gethsemanes, are hard places. They are times of anguish in our souls, but good awaits on the other side. And Christ Himself will be guiding us and telling us the way to walk. I'm praying for this for Floyd.
"On that day it will be said, 'Look, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He has saved us. This is the Lord; we have waited for Him. Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.' " Isaiah 25:9
"Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He. I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you." Isaiah 46:4
We wait for Him to save us with His plans for us! I love him, trust Him, and know He is faithful.
I've been listening to one of Floyd's sermons - "Trusting God for the Impossible." It's lovely to hear his voice, and I'm being challenged by his message.
In the message, he talks about "God Room." God Room is when we get to the end of ourselves - to the end of all our talents and abilities......and it's not enough to accomplish what God has put before us. At the end of ourselves, we step into God Room - where we are totally reliant on Him. If we're to accomplish the "impossible" that is in front of us, we need God to come through.
Floyd says if our faith doesn't grow, it dies. Yesterday's faith is not enough for today. We can't live on yesterday's challenges, and yesterday's successes. We have to live by the word of the Lord, and by the new challenges He puts before us.
I'm certainly living in "God Room." I can't survive on this journey without Him. And I definitely can't see Floyd improve without God's miraculous intervention. It's a bit of a scary place to be, but it's also "safe" because I'm not alone. Jesus never leaves my side.
"Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.' " Matthew 19:26
"I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?" Jeremiah 32:27
Across the street from us, our neighbor has a gorgeous tree that has been a brilliant orange/red for weeks. All of Dec. it was so vivid. As I would look out at it each day, it almost took my breath away because of the bright colors. It's slowly fading, but still very lovely. I'm kinda sad to see the vivid brightness go.
It triggered my thinking about how grateful I am that God's "supply" to meet my needs is never depleted. It never fades. It never stops or finishes. It's unending.
The strength I need. The grace I need. The wisdom - the comfort - the provision - the friendship - the health - the guidance........the list is endless, and so is His supply!!
"My grace is sufficient for you....." 2 Corinthians 12:9
"My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19
"God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." 2 Corinthians 9:8
"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asks, receives; and he that seeks, finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened." Matthew 7:7
"Your Father knows what you need before you ask." Matthew 6:8
The Word is so clear about His provision being abundant and sufficient to meet our every need. The hand of God's provision is always open to us. His resources are ready to meet our needs. We don't have to be anxious about the supply ever running out. (Philippians 4:6)
He may get tired of hearing from me, but I ask Him continually to help me and meet my needs. He's always met me out of his sufficient, abundant supply. I couldn't make it without His help. He's so faithful!!