Let’s Hang On
“The Lord will keep you from all harm— He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 121:7-8
My Dad is at Heaven’s door; reminders of Mom’s passing four and a half years ago are rampant. The evil one has been busy throwing darts of doubt at my emotional bullseye, just as he did when I sat with Mom’s hand in mine toward the day she met Jesus. Doubts about the existence of God, the reality of Heaven and the imminence of my own passing; the evil one knows right where to aim. But God, the Giver of fleece-like signs has been busier than my mind can race… He IS GOOD!
Possibly my signs won’t make sense to you… God treats us so uniquely and knows us intimately but I want to share them just the same. God-signs aren’t really theologically sound but, then again, neither is my vision of Heaven since my Mom moved in but God is ok with that. I’m not preaching them at you; just sharing a few words.
The first relates to the title of this blog; “I am a child of the 1960s. My grandson’s decade for their end of the year Pop Culture week is… you guessed it, the sixties! The decade of a poster of a kitten, “tie a knot and hang on,” “Hang on Sloopy,” and The Four Seasons’, “Let’s Hang on.” I’m “hanging in there,” surrounded by the arms of God.
Yesterday I whispered to my Dad, “When you see Mommy, run.” My sister told me she had reminded him that his legs will be strong again, that he will be able to run and jump! Standing in line this afternoon at “grandchild pickup,” a man who I’ve never seen before walked up with a shirt that read, “Just Run.” Sure these can all be coincidences, just like the many times that non-believers try to explain away scriptural miracles… but I don’t believe it!
My last “God-sign” today; in the middle of the heaviest my heart has felt for days, the “Facebook” verse of the day is Psalm 121:7-8, “He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” GOD IS GOOD… all the time! All the time… GOD IS GOOD!
Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart, and all is darkened in the vale of tears,
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart, Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay from His own fullness all He takes away.
Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on, when we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone, sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past , all safe and blessèd we shall meet at last.
Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society
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