Romans 8:35-39New American Standard Bible (NASB)"35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 Just as it is written,
“For Your sake we are being put to death all day long;
We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
I leave in a few minutes to drive to the local University Hospital. I sign up for a surgery that will take place in one week. My fears are real and are huge in this moment of trial. And yet when I take them to the Lord in quiet - when I cease the struggle and collect myself long enough to place my mind on Him (where it always belongs) I find His PEACE.
I find that these last few months have been set up for me to land right into His arms. He has "hemmed me in" as they say.
And in the hemming, I have been attacked: mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
But this I know:
1. Nothing can separate me from Him, nor Him from me.
2. And In HIM the conquering comes - why? Because I am loved by the God who IS. The great and powerful and amazing God. He who shelters me and comforts me and reaches down and handpicks me to be His daughter. This broken, sometimes overly fearful woman - weak and weary of the ways of the world.
I stand on His promises to me - not on mine to Him. I can only try - He succeeds. I attempt, He completes. I lose, He wins. I am lost, He is the finder of the lost, the keeper of the weak, the ruler of the wild.
And I fall once again into His arms, sit in His lap, and snuggle into His broadness. He alone. He alone can and will and does.
Because He IS the I AM,
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