Wednesday, May 16, 2012

When The Mailman Brings Bad News

It's not everyday that the mailman puts bad news in my box.

But Monday, he did.

Sit still in the car for five minutes, bad news.

Game changing news.

And while I won't go into what the mail man brought, I will say, we are all safe and healthy.

All but my heart.  It is a bit sick from a hope deferred. (Prov. 13:12)

Blankly, I walked into the kitchen and thought back to the day before.  Sunday morning, standing in worship.

Singing the Desert Song to my Lord.

And with these words, a knowing came into my soul.

This is my prayer in the harvest
When favor and providence flow
I know I'm filled to be emptied again
The seed I've received I will sow

Our family was been in a pleasant season of harvest.  The Lord has allowed us a sweet season of quiet and shelter from storm.  But as sure as the winds blows, a storm will always blow back in.

And the Lord spoke to me in that Sunday morning moment...Be prepared.  And steady.

His words were without detail, but still carried much clarity.  I know I'm filled to be emptied again.  The seed I've received I will sow.

As I placed the mail down on the kitchen counter, I knew this was what I was being prepared for.  This news.

I stood still and spoke, out loud for my heart to hear...

I will have no fear of bad news, my heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.  Psalm 112:7

My proclamation of faith.

As two days have passed, I see that being steadfast is hard work.

Work, I tell you.

My circumstantial evidence shows little reason for hope.  Or faith. 

But lucky for me, God is not moved by circumstance.  He is moved by faith.

God has given me a job to do in the midst of this bad news.  Be steadfast and trust in Him.

That is my assignment.  

Steadfast /'sted-,fast/ - not subject to change.  Firmly fixed in a place.

I will have no fear of bad news. My heart is not subject to change.

Oh hallelujah.  Read that again.  

My heart. Your heart.  His heart.  Her heart...

In Christ, we are not SUBJECT to change.

He stays the same....

No matter what the mail man brings.

No matter what the doctor says,

No matter how the budget looks.

No matter what your children do.

We are never subject to changing winds or shifting sand.  We are only subject to one thing....

A Mighty God. 

I will have no fear of bad news, my heart is firmly fixed on Him.  And His Timeless Word.

Today, I pray we would be fixed on Him.  And steadfast.  Trusting in His Word.  His Promises.  Trusting in the One who firmly places our feet on solid ground.

This is my prayer in the battle
When triumph is still on it's way
I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ
So firm on His promise I'll stand.

Whether in the harvest or in the battle today, let us bring praise.  Having no fear of bad news...  

Trusting in the Lord.

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  1. Praying for you today, Becky!!! Thanks for always pointing to truth!

  2. I love this post Becky! God is Faithful and true! Our hope is in him. God pour your love over Becky and her family and build a deep steadfastness in her. She will not be moved because you are the source of her strength!

  3. Remember, Becky, that brokenness is the gift from God that nobody wants ! BUT we must suffer in order to grow in our faith

    Great post!!

  4. Hey Becky, just getting caught up after being in Key West last week. Sad I missed the giveaway. Sorry about the mail. Love you friend, praying for you.

  5. I'm so sorry to hear that you've received bad news. I can certainly attest to steadfast being hard work! Praying with you through this.

    {p.s. I love the Desert Song! I have Tricia Brock's version, and it's super!}


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