For you have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD,
my confidence since my youth.
From birth I have relied on you;
you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.
I will ever praise you.
Psalms 71:5-6 NIV
As this week comes to an end, I realize once again the Lord is sovereign and that He has comforted me with His Word as the verses above ring so true in my heart and life. Regardless of circumstances, I will praise the Lord and depend on Him.
Since yesterday when I got the text message from Livia saying Silas broke his arm, it’s been a tough couple of days to try and work abroad in the UK when I desperately wanted to be home with my family. Finally I’m on a plane home (Friday evening), even blessed with switching flights to save a couple of hours, hopeful to kiss the kids before they go to sleep, especially Silas. What was supposed to be an easy work trip for three days, turned out to hit me where it hurts the most; an emergency at home with my family, the most important aspect of my life alongside my faith in God. Thank you to those who have prayed and lifted up our family the past 24 hours. Silas was playing on the playground equipment at school as he does most every day, when a wooden bar that he was hanging on broke, causing him to fall to the ground below and break his left arm just under the elbow. Normally for an active 8 year old this means a cast and a month of healing, but it this case it was more serious in that it was the top of the bone that is involved with the twisting motion of the lower arm and hand, thus emergency surgery and a pin from the wrist to the elbow was needed. Praise God that the surgery went very well and the healing process begins; two months of no sports until the 2nd surgery to get the pin out (a tough task for our active Silas), and another month after that until full recovery. I felt helpless and far away, but Tanya was strong and courageous as any mother is in the time of need for her child, taking the situation head on. Thanks for the many text messages and e-mails and especially the prayers that we cherish and believe the Lord acted upon in aiding the doctors in wisdom and ability to perform the surgery.
So after a day and a half of going through the motions and presentations for my work as I just wanted to get back home and currently I am sitting on a plane approaching Zurich soon. Just before boarding, the Lord game me a little glimpse of His love and showed me He cares about me, even in circumstances such as this. As I was walking down the stairs to the waiting area just before boarding, I saw a small wad of folded bills with a 100 CHF note on the outside. No one was in the stairway, and I was smooth in pocketing it before rounding the corner to the room of 30+ people so nobody knew I had it. Do I tell the check in clerk, or do I keep it for myself? I hadn’t even looked to see how much it was, but the extra zeros with a 100 note made me think there was more in the rest of the bills. Across the room was a man about my age searching his pockets, booklets, backpack, etc. I knew what I had to do and I “walked across the room” and asked if he was missing something, which got a quick reply, “Yes, money!” From there my answer perhaps meant more to me than him, in not just doing the right thing, but knowing that God IS sovereign and shows Himself in real ways. I smiled at the man and said “Fortunately for you, and for me, Jesus IS still relevant today and I have no problems doing the right thing”, as I handed him the bills. He smiled back and said thanks.
It wasn’t a life changing encounter or deep discussion of faith, but just a little thing. However, for me it was a glimpse of the beauty of God’s love in realizing I can love others, even at a time when I feel I’m the one needing to be loved. My heart also was saying that “yes, God loves me too!” Moments later, His Word reminded me of my lifelong faith that He put in my heart, and my lifelong journey of knowing He IS in control and sovereign! For you have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth. From birth I have relied on you;
you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you.
In His grip and grace,