Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tuesday's Trust - Changes that Matter ~ What is it about "No" that we don't Know?

Tuesday's Trust

Changes that Matter


What is it about "No" that we don't Know?

Just as your life is not the same after the death of your child, so too your spiritual life is not the same. It will be challenged. Every part of your life will be challenged, even your walk with God. Beliefs that you had will be changed.

Everything is impacted. Our relationships will change. Even our relationship with God will change as we walk through this Valley of the Shadow of Death.

God is showing me new things in His Word - His very Word that I have read and studied since a small child. Last night, He led me to a verse that shocked me. It is right in the thick of the New Testament but I don't think I really had ever "seen" it before.

Did you know that Jesus cried out to His Father with tears and loud cries ~ to the Father who IS the God of love, who loves His Child with every fiber of His being. And yet, as sweet and pure and deep as their relationship was, God answered His Own Son -- His Only Son's pleas with a heart-filled, love-filled, but surely a broken-hearted, "No."

During the days of Jesus' life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission. Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from what He suffered, and once made perfect, He became the Source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him and was designated by God to be (our) High Priest.

~Hebrews 5:7-10 NIV

What do we do with that?!

What did each of us do when God heard our prayers, maybe even prayers our children might have prayed, but His answer was, "No"...

Can we believe this loving God still loves us and that He dearly loves our child? There is much hidden that will not be known now. How will this confusion about God and His ways, His purposes, His plans for our lives play out?

And yet when we urgently prayed for what is one of the MOST important things in our lives, the well-being of our child, the safety of our child, the very life of our child, God's answer was, "No" ???!!!

What now do we do with that? How are we to grapple with that in our relationship with Him today? How are we to understand that answer from our God of Love?

This scripture inspired the following poem:

What is it about "NO" that we don't Know?

Loud cries, tears poured out to One who could save...

Jesus was heard, but God's answer was, "No"?!

E'en though daily, each of us in love He does bathe,

God has a Master-plan only He does know.

Our prayers for our children, poured out in love,

Must have been heard by our God above.

Why His answer was "No," we won't understand

Until someday in Heav'n when before Him we'll stand.

Then we will see how each detail fits in

To God's plan of love that e'en covers each sin.

Jesus learned obedience through what He did suffer...

God didn't spare His Son ~ Why then should us, He buffer?

Jesus bowed in reverent submission.

Will we entrust our lives with "carte blanche" permission?

Jesus is our source now of eternal salvation...

Do we believe God can use life, death, e'en grief's stagnation?

May we entrust our hearts and souls to Him,

Knowing He acts in love, e'en at Great Cost to Him...

Cost that surely must have made Him suffer, mourn and weep

That He could deny His Son, His Only Son. His life,

His Own breath, His Own life-blood, His Own heart-beat...

That He might on this day come and rescue our child's life?

Pictures thanks to FotoSearch.com
Scripture: Hebrews 5:7-10 New International Version
Poem - What is it about "No" that we don't Know - Angie Bennett Prince - 12/20/10


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