And God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts . . .
2 Corinthians 4: 6
Friends, Tuesday morning, after a heartbreaking Monday, after telling our grandchildren that Mommy and Daddy were in jail, and after a miserable night, I opened my Bible to Joshua 5:14b, to ask the Lord the question I have been trying to remember to ask him every day, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” (Me!) Was I expecting something new? Something dramatic? Something unusual? As I flipped through the pages of my Bible, my eyes fell upon highlighted passages, post-it notes, and ink writings, smeared by time and wear. I read His promises–the same promises I’d been given in His Word before Monday’s sentencing–were true for me on Tuesday. The same God who loved me (and Ron and Amber and Jesse and . . .) before Monday’s sentencing loved me on Tuesday. And loves me today. And will love me tomorrow . . . and . . .
Do you see?
He doesn’t change.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
Ron and I are heartbroken. But He is here with us.
Amber is hurting and lonely. But he is there with her.
Jesse is humiliated and broken. But he is there with him.
He will never leave us or forsake us. Hebrews 13:5
You see, we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God . . . We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. Why? Because we always carry around . . . Jesus!
2 Corintians 4: 7-9
More to come . . .