Friday, February 23, 2007

I Know That My Redeemer Liveth

Ask any Christian tried by fire or one who was invited to step into the deep waters how they’ve gotten through it. The answer is surprisingly simple. We don’t pass through the fire and water on our own strength. We don’t have a secret exercise or vitamin to keep our strength up. Not even Jesus had a network of friends in the middle of a dark night willing to stay awake and pray with Him. So what do we have as Katy struggles through another night, with the winter wind howling outside? We feel the warmth of His living presence all around us. We know we are in His tender hands and our hearts are at peace. What I have learned is very simple. I know that my Redeemer liveth. And on that last day He shall stand upon the earth. And we will behold Him, fall to our knees and say, “Our Redeemer lives!” That “He lives” is the only explanation that a worrier and compulsive “fixer” like me could ever have made it through the fire thus far. When thou passest through the waters, I [will be] with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Isaiah 43:2

  1. Aleah Yunger Says:

    This is a Chesterton quote I’m sure you’re aware of, but I couldn’t help thinking of it as I read your entry…

    “There is nothing you can want, there is nothing you can ask for,
    there is nothing you can need in time or in eternity,
    there is nothing living, nothing dying,
    there is nothing in this world, nothing in the next world,
    there is nothing now, nothing at the resurrection-morning,
    nothing in heaven which is not contained in this text - ‘I will never
    leave thee, nor forsake thee.’”

    Glad to see you are still clinging to His promises and the hope of life eternal with our Father! Prayers for you always.

  2. Lillian Harriff Oliveira Says:

    Bravo, Dawn! Keep that faith brightly burning. It lights up and warms others in the storm!

    So very glad to see Katy’s caloric intake improving rapidly! Love you much. I’ve been very homesick for Florida today. Asking the Lord to help me honor Him by waiting patiently. After all, it’s only waiting. Its not suffering! I always pray for you all, in fact, just finished afternoon prayers about a half hour ago. Love much, Aunt Lil