"Once our eyes are opened, we cannot pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act." Proverbs 24:12

“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.”- William Butler Yeats

Friday, January 15, 2010

being still and knowing He is God

While I still cannot share openly what is transpiring in our lives, I must say that God is moving in big ways through tough circumstances. He is being glorified. Sometimes that means not answering prayers. Sometimes it means that unanswered prayers are the answers, but we did not know it at the time. Sometimes it means giving us small glimpses of what the big picture, what will magnify Him before all, will be like.

I've learned in the past two months that although we are put into positions where we feel we must take immediate action, actions which were intended in our minds to bring us relief of some sort, can instead be the gas that ignites the firestorm.

In this, I know the Lord allowed the storm. Much like he allowed the storm in order to tests Peter's faith. Wasn't it during the worst part of the storm that Peter walked on water?


A feat that a mere human, without Christ, could never accomplish.

Why was he able to? Because His eyes were focused on Jesus. The second that he looked around at the world, he started believing that the storm was going to defeat him. He lost faith. He took his eyes off Jesus, and he began to sink.

Nothing in my life brings me more joy than feeling God's peace. God's peace is the absence of a troubled heart. It awes me because it is when I am resting in His peace that I most trust Him, especially when it goes against my circumstances.When I am peaceful about something that normally makes me anxious or fearful, it is then that I know that I am walking in His will.

In this situation, my actions have brought forth results that I pray almost constantly will not have irreversible consequences. Yet,with the exception a few select people, my prayers seem to be very unpopular around those that surround me.

Do I take the easy road out and let the world's view lead my heart and my decisions or do I stand firm in the convictions and peace that God, and God alone, has placed in my heart and affirmed time and time again? ("Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27)

Although it is the unpopular decision, I choose to stand firm in God.

He is sovereign. He can use anything that happens to us to accomplish His will. He does not make mistakes.

I don't particularly like the idea of of being persecuted and judged by those around me, but it is my Father in Heaven whom I will be standing before and whom I will be judged by. God allowed the circumstances, but He is far more concerned with my heart and my character than with my circumstances. In fact, with me, I believe circumstances are one of His favorite tools to mold me. He has me grow by putting me into situations where I have to apply what His word says. Am I just talking the talk or will I walk the walk, as unpopular as it may seem to society and the world around me?

I trust in Him with all my heart. I trust that He loves me, my children, my family with a love that I can't even fathom. A love that is unimaginable. Why? Because God is sovereign. He is omnipotent. He is able to turn the most difficult of times around and cause them to work for good, in order to accomplish His will. Every event under the heavens is subject to His scrutiny and nothing escapes His notice. Because of God's sovereignty, Satan's attempt to destroy and create chaos, hatred and havoc have been stamped out. God is slowly taking what was meant for evil and is using it for good.

We are still probably months away from resolving this, one way or another.

Where do I want to be when all is said and done and the dust has settled?

On my knees, humbly bowing to Him as I tell him that I wanted nothing more than to be standing in the center of His will. I wanted nothing more than to know in my heart of hearts that He was smiling down in approval, knowing just how badly I wanted to remain a faithful servant throughout this trial.

I know this post again sounds very cryptic. I apologize. I am struggling to find the words that will give you a sense of what we're going through, without divulging too much information. Someday I hope and pray to share the entire story and God's miracles throughout it.

I do ask for your continued prayers for our family and for all those involved. Prayers for healing and for God's perfect will to be done!

Much love,


Shanti said...

Still praying!

Jewels of My Heart said...

What a wonderful post.... filled with God's truth, His wisdom and His will....
Romans 8:28....
He is going to work it all out and during this storm you will be walking on water with your eyes fixed upon Jesus and to God be the glory!
Praying for your family...
God's peace,

Amy said...

Oh (((Ohilda)))...I am so sorry this continues for you and your family. Praying for Grace, Guidance and Peace for all of you.

I love you, friend.

Sally- That Girl! said...

Loving you and praying with you!

Shanna said...

Hang on sweetie~ HE IS ON THE THRONE! He knew about this before the foundations of the earth.
Warmest hugs to your precious family <><

Sara W. said...

Oh Ohilda,

So sorry all of this is happening. You are just the sweetest and I'll keep praying....for all involved.


Angie H said...

Praying for all involved!!!

The Byrd's Nest said...

I am so proud of you. One year ago you struggled so much with turning everything over to the Him. As it is still hard for all of us....you begin and end your days giving this situation to Him. I know He is smiling on his precious daughter....you my sweet friend. I pray today that you feel your Father's arms wrapped around you....you hear His soft whisper in your ear saying...I am here for you and I love you.

Aus said...

Hey sweet - cryptic is right - but that's allowed. Anything you ever need to share - with someone 'outside' the circle - feel free. Not that we can fix it - or even help - but sometimes just listening does it.

Regardless - we'll keep you in our prayers for the resolution that He knows is best!

Hang in there - we love you guys - and remember that after Wednesday morning it will be e-mail or nothing - blogger / facebook / etc will be out of reach for a few weeks.

hugs and prayers - aus and co.

PS (and on the much lighter side...) A wise Franciscan once asked me this - I'll pass it along to you - "Are you sure that Peter's feet just didn't slip off the rocks?" I'm just sayin - and I loved that man like my father and was blessed to be by him before he was called home...He really did me good by making me laugh once or twice!


Jill said...

Continuing to LIFT you up in prayer!

Gloria said...

The role of the people around you is to support you decisions, not to judge you. Anyone that isn't supportive NOW maybe doesn't deserve to be around you. They don't walk in your shoes. You have a very long road ahead of you, you HAVE to stay strong. Just let things work themselves out, He's got a plan remember ;D

Tracy said...

hand in there! still praying

*Overflowing* said...

Ohilda, I am so glad to have found your blog..again :) I followed your journey to you last 2 peanuts and somehow lost your blog. I am praying for your...right now! HUGS, stacy

The Ferrill's said...

Ohilda, just keep quoting those TRUTHS! You are a strong, brave Sister...I wish I could be there someway to help. I will not cease praying for you...God's answers are sometimes a long time coming, but I praise Him ahead of time for how He is going to use this for His glory!
I love you!

Lanny said...

Well said. Very well said indeed. I know how hard taking a stand for God can be, and I have been asked little in comparison to others, hard but growing stuff indeed, you most certainly have my prayers that you continue to stand unwaveringly for Him and no one else, through what is seen as hard and good alike.

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