Friday, January 15, 2010

Time to Pray

I'm going to post just once this weekend and continue resting. I've been on bed rest for two days and have had a lot of time to think and pray. My recuperation after surgery was a bit tougher than I thought it would be. I was away from my computer and got up only to help Qavah from time to time. So it wasn't until last night that I read about the earthquake that shook the foundations of Haiti. My thoughts turn immediately to the children. There will be orphans and many parents in mourning. I prayed for mercy.

This afternoon I received a call from a friend whose wife of thirty years left him. His world had crumbled this week also. He tried to describe the feelings he had when turning his house key over to the judge, and leaving town with nothing. He sounded worn thin. I asked if we could pray together and we did. Again I prayed for mercy.

The trembling earth and the crumbling relationships serve as a good reminder that the victorious times are ahead of us. The triumph of good over evil will one day be complete and we will take our place in the New Jerusalem. As I prayed this evening about these troubled times I had an idea that I would like to read a passage of scripture that would speak to my heart about the shaking up of our lives and plans, hopes and dreams, and future. I found Isaiah 64:2-4.

2 As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you!

3 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.

4 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.

I read those words and humbly thanked Him for His power, and that He is not waiting on us to change. He sent His Son to forgive us instead. I'm glad for the quiet time to reflect and pray. But when that day of rejoicing comes, I'll be there.