Good morning, Lord Jesus. Help me start this day and every day embraced by my Father, centered in Christ, and filled with the Holy Spirit.
Yesterday morning I sat in the Waffle House and talked with “Chuck,” from my previous blog post, “He’s My F*cking Pastor.” If you did not read the post, here is the link to it: https://www.onedirection.community/conversations/2017/7/14/hes-my-fcking-pastor. We sat at the bar and he told me that today was two months since the death of his son. With tears in his eyes he told me of the struggles his son’s two children were having. How his wife still can’t get the video in her head of witnessing her son’s death to stop playing. And he shared of his continued pain. Chuck said his son always wore one type of cologne. And he said I know its crazy Gary, but I swear I smell his cologne many times and in different places and it makes me turn around and look for him. We talked for another 45 minutes, and Chuck even let me pray with him at the end. His return journey to a relationship with Jesus is slow, as he still has a lot of baggage he is carrying. However, is releasing it little by little, and I am so proud of him. I prayed God would make a river in his dessert. And I will simply pray and wait.
“Oh not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine!
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.
“For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior….
Behold, I will do something new,
Now it will spring forth;
Will you not be aware of it?
I will even make a roadway in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert…” (Isaiah 43:1-3,19)
God, You're the one who makes a way where there seems to be no way. And while You're making a way, You call me to wait. And though I struggle in my passion to wait, it's in the waiting that I'm learning to trust You and allow You to make the way in Your wisdom, Your power, and Your timing. It's in the waiting that I'm learning to "trust in the (You) with all (my) heart, and lean not on (my) own understanding; in all (my) ways acknowledge (You), and (You) shall direct (my) paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6).
So as best as I can and all by Your grace, I choose to wait for You to make a way in the places where I look but can't see a way. Open the eyes of my heart to see the One who is the Way -- "the Way, the Truth, and the Life" (John 14:6). W ith my eyes on You, with my heart set to wait on You, trusting in You, I'm choosing to believe You will make a way. And that way will be good and right and true, because it's made by You. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
My family, I pray you will be filled with trust and faith as you wait on God, trusting in Him with all your heart, to make a way for you in the places where there seems to be no way, in Jesus' name! Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friends!
Gary Liederbach-Lead Follower
One Direction Community
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