Friday, January 2, 2009

Faithfulness

No, I'm not talking about any faithfulness I can muster of my own. I'm talking about the faithfulness of God despite all the crazy happenings around me and inside of me. He is faithful, even when it doesn't feel like it.

As we met last night with a woman who became our answer to prayer for help in childbirth instruction, I had a chance to recall so many Ebenezers from this past year. Ebenezers are just little moments where you realize that God has helped you, and you've made a marker there to remind you.

From a mysterious gift of money to an ivory sweater set, from a tough three months with an unfeeling midwife to a chance meeting with an incredible doctor in a park, from prayer times with some precious women to a three hour drive to a retreat with two strangers, from a broken freezer to a sudden cold snap enabling us to save most every piece of food, God has shown me that He is in the business of never leaving us or forsaking us.

I need that now, in these coming days full of uncertainty with battles to be fought against fear.

There may be snow piling up outside on our cars unequipped with winter tires or chains, and there may be no plows about town. There may be further boiler issues and other challenges yet to be faced with our living situation. There may be uncertainty with work, the economy, and our finances. There may be dozens of unknowns in the development of our wilderness ministry/business. But there is one thing that trumps all of that. The faithfulness of the One who loves me most rises above and beyond anything that could seek to destroy me.

And that faithfulness is what I'm going to cling to in these coming days full of mystery. I am not alone, and that is the most comforting thing ever.

1 comment:

MamaVee said...

Hi. I happened to stumble upon your blog because it contained certain words I had set into a google alert and I spent a few moments perusing your posts. You write beautifully, and I loved this post - I too have many "Ebenzer" moments, and I love that name for them. I'm totally going to use it!

I see on your profile that you are a transplanted American living in the Fraser Valley, and I follow the blog and have been in email contact with another quite recently transplanted, Jesus-loving American who lives in Abbotsford and it came into my head that perhaps you two might like to connect. I can't give you her email without her permission but the link to her blog is below, you could leave a comment.

On a side note, You might enjoy reading "Supernatural Childbirth" by Jackie Mize for a Biblical and encouraging look on labour and birth.

http://james-nikki.blogspot.com/