Wednesday, June 12, 2013

no answers

A baby girl is born but never goes home from the hospital, friends battle cancer, children in a remote part of Zambia are malnourished and in need of mana RUTF. They wait patiently for us to help, because The Salvation Army's Chikankata Mission Hospital  is down to its last two boxes of RUTF.  This list could go on and on.

Life. At times, it is unfair, unjust and sad. I do not understand why babies die, why moms have to battle cancer and why I have so much in my refrigerator and pantry and others have so little. 

When it comes to my plenty and others need, I can do something. I can give and by giving make a difference. But there are other injustices that I can't help to make right.  And let me be honest that is hard... because of my western mind-set, I want answers. I want things explained and I want it to all make sense. I want to have answers to give and I want to be able to give a reason for why things are happening. 

But then I'm reminded that this is my, our desert wandering. This is not home, this world as it is right now is broken and messed up. There are no answers sometimes. And thankfully, this is not all there is to life.   There is a day coming when all will be right, when Jesus returns. All I need to do until then is love. Love with my actions, not just my words. 

Tonight we will go to a memorial service for a sweet baby. I have struggled all week with God...why? There are no answers, but there are  things that I know are truth, no matter what is happening here.

He is...

Shalom/ Prince of Peace
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
John 14:27

Our Help
So that we may boldly say, The Lord [is] my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Hebrews 13:6 

Our Deliverer
The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalm 18:2 NASB

Our Perfect Intercessor 
He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to
God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

Hebrews 7:25 ESV

Our Burden Bearer
Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
Psalm 55:22

 Our Healer
“... for I am the Lord, who heals you.”
Exodus 15:26b
Gentle Shepherd
The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything I need ... Even if I walk through a very dark valley, I will not be afraid, because You are with me. Your rod and Your shepherd’s staff comfort me. Psalm 23:1; 4 NCV

El Roi- The God who sees 
The slave girl gave a name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are ‘God who sees me,’ “ because she said to herself, “Have I really seen God who sees me?” Genesis 16:13

“Those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; You will raise up the age-old foundations; And you will be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets in which to dwell. Isaiah 58:12

 Unconditional Love
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 1 John 3:16

The Answer

On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul.
Psalm 138:3

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