April 14 2014
Then the time came for Herod to bring him out for the kill. That night, even though shackled to two soldiers, one on either side, Peter slept like a baby. And there were guards at the door keeping their eyes on the place. Herod was taking no chances! Acts 12:6
Wait, What? The night before Peter’s public execution he slept like a baby? Imagine, Peter, in the most uncomfortable place, shackled to two strangers (who were getting paid to kill him) and… he slept!
There have been so many times in my life and in ministry that I have let the small things imprison me. They take over my thoughts, my demeanor and my actions. During these moments, my life does not display my trust in God, but my loyalty to this world. At what point do we accept that God’s plan is truly better than our own plan?
“I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work.” God’s Decree. “For as the sky soars high above earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think.“ Isaiah 55:8-11 (MSG)
When our hearts desire is that God be glorified in all situations, no matter the circumstance, only then can we truly find rest. Sometimes He is gloried in life and sometimes He is glorified in death. Can you be ok with both? Will you have a thankful heart no matter what the circumstance is?
My daughter was born six weeks premature at 4lbs 14oz with a life threatening condition called duodenal atresia, which meant she had a blockage in her small intestine. She had surgery when she was just a day old and stayed in the NICU for two weeks. We thought our battle was over. Wasn’t the initial blow enough?
We took our baby girl home only to face constant struggles and issues over the next five months. Finally, as an exhausted mom at her wits-end, I demanded testing be done. I wanted answers! Immediately, as they strapped my five-month-old baby down and spun her around on a board to do GI testing they saw it! Her poor little intestines were all twisted up inside, a condition called Malrotation – yet again, life threatening.
I handed my daughter over to the surgeon, crying and praying. I questioned God saying, “Why? We serve you! We work for a church. Why are we walking through this again?”
Hours into the surgery the surgeon came out and explained they had found a growth on her intestines. He had studied all of the photographs from her first surgery and the growth had not been there. Had they not caught it when they did, it could have burst and caused irreversible damage to her organs. He then explained that they were able to correct the Malrotation and successfully remove the growth.
Wow! What a drastic change in circumstance.
Can we move from a place of worry to a place of rest? Can we move from “Why God?” to “Wow God!?” Whatever battle you are up against, whatever the enemy has shackled next to you, choose today, as Peter did, to “sleep like a baby.” Find rest in the fact that our God sees, knows, and will be glorified in every moment of your life!
April 14 2014