Ever Present

by Gina Franklin


 

I must admit that through the 20 years that I have had a relationship with Christ I have had both passionate and extremely close times with Christ; and I have had seasons in my faith where He seems to  be nowhere to be found. I am fully aware that God does not move; He is who He is. And His promises never fail! That He will never leave us or forsake us. ( Psalm 9:10, Heb. 13:5) We are the ones who move away from Him, through our sin, and our complacency, our busyness, and simply put through our own choices. I also believe that there are times when God is right there beside us, but He remains silent, allowing us to learn to trust Him even when we can not hear and see Him moving on our behalf. It's easy to trust Him when you feel Him right there, moving and working for your good. And it is a whole other thing to pray and believe; even when He is silent. I speak from immense experience. Please don't be angry with me if you are reading this and this happens to be the season you are in. I am not trite or flippant in my writing. I am not minimizing the difficulty in trusting when the depth of your circumstances have left you so broken, you are unsure of how you will survive the day, let alone the situation you are facing.

My husband and I have lived the last 6 years of our lives praying and waiting on God to heal our very sick son. Who, without a miraculous healing, will require a heart transplant at some point during his childhood. We have had incredible loss professionally, financially, emotionally, and we have been tested to the core of our faith through this situation. So I write from within my circumstance; that God is good and He is faithful in the moving and in the silence. Both seasons are essential for you and I to mature up and become who we were created to be.

John 1

The Word Became Flesh

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.

He was in the world from the beginning, He was the Word before it was ever penned, He has always been with the Father, it was through Him you and I were created. In your darkness and in my darkness His light shines. This is hope!  Can you feel it well up in your soul? I can. You and I are not meant to always understand the details. We are to trust the creator, the one who makes beauty out of ashes. And the more ashes you have to lay at the Fathers feet; the more beauty He has to pour back into your life. I pray this has been an encouragement to your faith today.

Life is Beautiful!