Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Do you care?

Revelation 12:6

to care for her

The story of the woman fleeing to the wilderness caught my eye and my heart. How often have you been to a wilderness? A death of a loved one, the illness of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job, unexpected diagnosis for you, angry family members, and the list goes on and on. We often experience a wilderness time.

I think of wilderness time as alone. A time that you may have many people around you, but you walk the path alone except for the one who truly cares for you. This verse speaks to this time we will all face.

And the woman fled into the wilderness, where God had prepared a place to care for her.

We are never alone. God is tending to our broken hearts, our anger, and our lack of understanding, our impatience, and our humanness. God alone helps us to understand the things we don't understand while He is caring for us. We don't realize at the time what is happening, but God is wiping our tears like we learned yesterday and mending whatever is broken.

So cared for,



Frankie said...

Debbie, I was wondering what you would choose from the reading to write about. As I said, yesterday, Revelation is difficult for me, but there on the pages is always something to glean from God's Holy Word.

I know that the Lord is tending to me as you reminded us this morning. He is always tending to His sheep.

TheDubberlyChick said...

Frankie, Revelation is my favorite book of the Bible. I love end-time Bible prophecy!!... I have led two Revelation Bible studies at my church. I am about to start the third, and last one, in a couple of weeks.

I've said all of that, to say this. The best book I have found explaining Revelation is Tim LaHaye's "Revelation Unveiled". I've read several books on Revelation and this one is by far the best one.

Frankie said...

Dubberly Chick, I love your enthusiasm over the book of Revelation and I am eager to hear your insights. Please share more!

Elizabeth said...

I too have experienced the wilderness, as well we all have. St. John, a 16th Carmelite monk wrote, A Dark Night of the Soul, which is a guide on how to navigate the dark night. I am convinced that in the wilderness there are gifts which one receives that are not to be found any where else. St. John actually prayed for the dark night. He stated, "The endurance of darkness is preparation for the great light."
I remember when I was 16 and my grandmother was dying of cancer. It was a slow suffering process. As she lay in her bed moaning, I asked her, "Zel, why would God have you suffer this way?" Oh, Beth, it is only in our dark moments that we are able to appreciate our best moments. This is Life
Thank goodness for the wisdom of those who have gone before us. God Bless- Beth

Frankie said...

Beth, thank you for sharing the wisdom from your grandmother. Your insights are so true. Oh how we hate the wilderness, but it is where we draw the closest to the Lord.