On our way home from our Michigan vacation, "up north," we passed a mailbox shaped like a little house with a tiny tattered American flag attached to the front, waving in the breeze.
And this made me think of the "bombs" in my life that had burst all around me in the past several months . . .the sudden illness and passing of my faithful husband, the crushing grief and feelings of vulnerability, the ensuing mounds of paperwork, the never-ending list of phone calls, the flooded basement when a storm took the power out, the breakdown of our good car nine hours from home, the wringing of my hands because he always knew what to do . . . everyday reminders of the earthly permanence of this unsolicited separation . . .
Then I came to realize that these "bombs" have the potential to prove that, through the night, my faith in God is still there. Still active. Still strong. Still flying high . . . tattered and torn as it may seem some days.
No matter what the challenges of life may bring, I want them to give proof through the night that my faith is still there. Visible and present, regardless of the darkness, the testing and trials, the unexplained losses. Just like the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the famous lines that became our national anthem and just like that little American flag attached to the front of the mailbox along a sandy roadside up north.
Beautiful post, Sarah. Well spoken.ReplyDelete
I admire your ever-growing wisdom. Wonderful, true words.ReplyDelete
Thank you, April. Interesting that in God's providence I'd be reading these words by Elisabeth Elliot. Her book has given me a higher perspective, one I've needed over and over.Delete
So uplifting and so validating as to how God uses everything for His glory...literally every single thing.ReplyDelete
And there is comfort in that truth. Thanks, Sherry.Delete
Your writing struck a cord with me and spoke to my heart. May I not resent the storms, or 'bombs' that occurr in my life. For it is through them, that others can clearly see Him! I love your ability to take something commonplace, a mail box, and reveal to your readers God's truth. Thank you!ReplyDelete
Appreciate your thoughts, Julie. I find myself resentful of the "bombs" sometimes . . . Just read in JESUS CALLING this morning, "Thankfulness is built on a substructure of trust." I need that reminder....Delete
Lovely post, so true. God is still on the Throne of Heaven even when our foundations are shaking and the path is not clear.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Diana. Well said.Delete