PASSING THROUGH TROUBLED WATERS
By: Josephine Fitzgerald
It is truly overwhelming what the Lord has done for me. On one occasion the children were playing in the yard. It was way past suppertime, but I let them continue playing. All I had in the house was a box of corn flakes. I was ironing and talking to the Lord. I remember saying, "Lord, even if you send in food, I am too tired to cook it." After awhile my neighbor, Wilma, came over. Her children were playing with mine. She said, "I made some ice cream. If you come over, I will give you some." I told her I was so tired and just did not know if I could walk over there. She told me, "Well, I am not bringing it over to you, because the last time I gave you some, you gave yours away." We talked and after awhile I said, "Well, I believe I will walk over for a few minutes; maybe I'll feel better." So, I gathered the children and went over.
When we arrived, her supper was still on the table. She said, "Oh, have you all eaten supper yet?" I replied, "No." So she put clean plates out and we sat down to one of the nicest meals I had eaten in a long time. We had ham, green beans, potatoes, sliced tomatoes, tall glasses of ice tea, and dessert of ice cream and cake. Afterwards, we sat on the porch and talked. I went home really renewed. Twenty years later, I shared with her how much that meal meant to us. She had no idea that we had no groceries at that time. The Lord is precious and He looks after His own. Praise His name!
Another day when I was working in the garden I became very discouraged. It was our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. My husband had said nothing, which was not unusual, because he always said that was one day he wanted to forget. I was having a pity-party, feeling sorry for myself, when one of the children ran down with a package for me. When I opened it, there was a lovely set of silverware, the prettiest set I had ever owned. Betty, my daughter, and her husband, Norbert, had gotten it for me even though they did not have a set for themselves and were still in college on a tight budget.
When I'm at my lowest point
It seems that when I am at my lowest point, the Lord moves someone to do something like that. We have a wonderful Lord! It is true that accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior means a new birth. As the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us, we are born anew. By God's grace we are given a new spiritual life, an eternal life to be lived in fellowship with our Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ, His Son. But the new birth is just the beginning. It is God's intention that we grow as Christians.
It is God's desire that we yield our lives to Him. Service to God is not a burden -- but a glorious privilege. As Proverbs 3:5-6 says:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.
We are to trust the Lord with ALL our heart, and we are to acknowledge Him in ALL our ways. When we do this, God promises that He will direct our paths.
Shortly after I joined Immanuel Baptist Church, my Sunday school teacher asked me if I would give my testimony. I told her I would. Already, I was forming in my mind that I would use this verse:
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
However, in the middle of the night, the Lord woke me and said:
"That is not your testimony. Your testimony is: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble." (Psalms 46:1)
As I shared my testimony, I told them how the Lord had led to that church. He placed me in that church because He knew what I needed for my spiritual growth. When there was something I could not understand, I would pray to the Lord. Wonderfully, the next Sunday, the preacher would say, "The Lord won't let me preach the sermon I prepared, but I must preach on this, so pray for me." The Lord then used the sermon to open my eyes and answer my questions. As I shared my testimony, the preacher was listening. I was perfectly calm while I was talking, but when I got back to my seat, I was shaking all over. I think it is important for a Christian to share his testimony. Satan is the one who puts fear in our heart, and if we give in to that fear it becomes harder and harder to speak openly of our faith.
One day, I heard a missionary tell about the time that they were taking the gospel to some people. As they spoke, the people began to stone them and run them out of the village. A lady in the congregation spoke up and asked her if the stoning hurt her very much. She said, "You know, it should have, because we were bleeding, but it was just like the Lord held a pillow between me and the hurt." In my heart was the desire to experience the same protection from the Lord.
Years later ... when I had a car accident, I really experienced that same kind of protection. God was with me all through the 14 hours I was pinned in the car and in the hospital. I am so thankful for His comfort in the midst of pain.
We have a wonderful Lord! He does not take away the hard things but He goes through them with us. Just like the quiet in the eye of a hurricane, things can be all wrong all around us, but He keeps us in perfect peace.
As Christians we need have no fear of death. We can be sure of our salvation in Jesus Christ. What a wonderful miracle God works within us. Because of our faith in Christ we can be sure.
God's Word says:
And this is the record that God hath given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (I John 5:11-13).
I cannot tell all of the times that the Lord has answered my prayers, but I can tell you that the Lord cares about all of our needs. There is nothing too little, nor too big, for the Lord. There are no limits to God's love and care. He tells us to commit all of our cares to Him:
Be careful for nothing; but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
PLEASE HELP SHARE THE BEST NEWS GOD HAS FOR EVERY PERSON!
"And this gospel of the
died for sinners] shall be preached in all the world for a witness
unto all nations; and then shall the end come."
(Quote from Jesus Himself: Matthew 24:14).
Consider how many children in "all the nations" have never heard YET what Jesus accomplished for THEM at the cross? PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS TO THE LITTLE CHILDREN!
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JESUS DID IT! - or - JESUS DID IT!
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