When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you.
A year ago, our lives were very different. My life was very different. I was on a roller coaster and just trying to get off, or back on...or even get to a new 'ride' but that was then. A year ago, I was preparing my 4th graders for Florida Writes, trying my best to tweek any quick lessons and trying to make a child WANT to write. I had decided to apply for a new job and make some changes. A year ago, Hunter had just returned from Costa Rica and he spoke about the orphanage and how it affected him. A year ago, Taylor had just turned 20 and I was taking my classes at church to go to my Encounter Retreat Weekend. A year ago, things were very different. And they were good.
My life now, is still on a roller coaster, but I am moving forward and not going backwards or upside down anymore. I am no longer teaching 4th grade...but sweating it out with 5th graders and trying to teach how to regroup and rename fractions /mixed numbers and then solve equations...I am learning. And I got that new job. Hunter did not go out of the country this year, but is preparing to head to Dallas in April with Brendan and compete in the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup and play soccer. And Taylor just turned 21.....she is legal...Things are very different. And they are good, but a 'better' good.
This morning, God reminded me of something special that happened to me a year ago at my Encounter weekend.....heading to the Encounter was hard, as there were so many unanswered questions, thoughts, and hurt, but coming home from it -- there was a true Encounter with My Lord.
The verse in Isaiah...passing through the waters...That has been happening for the past several years and God NEVER once....left me. HE was there with me all the time. I think back and can get overwhelmed by thoughts, problems, and hurts...and HE says, I will NOT let them overwhelm you... and HE kept HIS promise. I did not get burned...scorched...and the flame did not kindle upon me.
A year ago, I HATED God's timing. Today....HIS timing is something I don't understand but I don't HATE it anymore. It is needed.
God reminded me today -- that I needed to share:
Whatever YOU may be facing or experiencing right now in your life, DO not give up.....Hang on.
At the beginning of my Encounter Weekend, I spoke to my Cell Pastor and made my list of hurts and what I wanted to hear from God and 'learn'....HE had HIS own plan. HIS plan was MUCH better than mine or what I expected.
At the end of my Encounter Weekend, at a prayer time I was slain in the Spirit...that had NEVER happened to me before. I have seen it happen, I have heard people talk about it - but if it was going to happen to me or be real...I had told God -- HE would have to do it. HE did. I went for prayer, I lifted my palms up to show I was submitting to whatever God had for me and my Cell Pastor began to pray. All I heard was, "Father God..." and I felt the bottoms of my feet lift up and I was down. And out. And I saw the most beautiful light...yellow light. At first I asked God - 'what is this?' But I felt peace and calm and tranquility.....I believe I got to see the light of God -- for a brief moment, just a brief moment, but HE reminded me of that Encounter today. HE reminded me...HE is with us.. always...
There is more to this story - but, that is all I am suppose to share ...I am to encourage someone...somewhere.... HE will NOT let you pass through the waters alone, call to HIM today ...
Don't give up.