February 21, 2011

A Thousand Years

Garren had a restful night. We are just waiting now for a room in rehab to become available. In the mean time they are continuing to wean Garren from the ventilator. Coming of the vent will be a massive hurdle that I am looking forward to.

"For a thousand years in your sight
are but as yesterday when it is past,
or as a watch in the night." - Psalm 90:4

It is comforting to know that God already knows exactly how this all ends. And that it will end with Him getting the greatest amount of glory and honor and praise. God will do whatever He needs to do in order to get our attention focused on Him. And that is exactly what He has been doing through Garren's circumstances.

My dad shared something with me from Warren Wiersbe this morning:

"We have at our disposal the same spiritual resources that Jesus used when He faced and defeated Satan: prayer (Luke 3:22), the Father's love (Luke 3:23), the power of the Spirit (Luke 4:1), and the Word of God ("It is written"). Plus, we have in heaven the interceding Savior who has defeated the enemy completely. Satan tempts us to bring out the worst in us, but God can use these difficult experiences to put the best into us. Temptation is Satan's weapon to defeat us, but it can become God's tool to build us (See James 1:1-8, 13-17)."

This is so true. Most interesting to me is the realization that Jesus Christ Himself goes before the throne of God interceding for us. We lay our burdens down, and Jesus carries them to the Father.

I have never in my life seen people come together and pray like I have seen through this difficult circumstance. But if this is what it takes to get the church off it's seat and on it's knees, then let's go. Let's not waste this opportunity to give our full attention to God. And though it may seem like a thousand years to us, for God it is as if this all happened yesterday.

Have a great day!


Chris Hogan said...

Amen! Wonderful words your dad shared with you today. May you continue to feel God carrying you each day. Praying continually. The Hogans

jtibbetts001 said...

This post reminds me of one of my favorite songs, which I have been listening to alot lately. It speaks to me about this trial you are facing with Garren.

"Bring The Rain"
Mercy Me

I can count a million times
People asking me how I
Can praise You with all that I've gone through
The question just amazes me
Can circumstances possibly
Change who I forever am in You
Maybe since my life was changed
Long before these rainy days
It's never really ever crossed my mind
To turn my back on you, oh Lord
My only shelter from the storm
But instead I draw closer through these times
So I pray

Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings You glory
And I know there'll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that's what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain

I am Yours regardless of
The dark clouds that may loom above
Because You are much greater than my pain
You who made a way for me
By suffering Your destiny
So tell me what's a little rain
So I pray

Holy, holy, holy
Is the Lord God Almighty

Mauri Autrey said...

God's steadfast love is amazing and His grace is sufficient for the day!

Anonymous said...

Well said....well said...praying for Garren and all of you...love, Sandy & Russ

CharlotteMasonHomeschooler said...

Everyone, please continue to ask and believe in His name for Garren's full healing...
The Fig Tree Withers (Matthew 21:18)
Early in the morning, as he was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, "May you never bear fruit again!" Immediately the tree withered.
When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. "How did the fig tree wither so quickly?" they asked.
Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to the mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.