- October 10, 2018
I am continuously reminded of our broken world. I’m sure you are, too . . . just watch the news for a few minutes and you know it’s truly broken. Yet even as I say that, I am thankful that as Jesus told us we’d have trouble in this world, He assured us we could remain cheerful, because He is victorious over the world. Here is the quote from the Amplified Bible, which brings full meaning to the verse:
“In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.] John 17:33.
Today I’m feeling it because my friend and colleague, Magguie, for whom you have all prayed over the years, has just had her big toe amputated on her remaining foot. This is traumatic for her because she remembers last time she had a toe amputated . . . she ended up losing her right foot. The docs here at our hospital give her a 50/50 chance of a healed foot. Thankfully, the Lord does not work according to odds!! If it is His will, He can heal her left foot so she can continue to walk with the aid of the right prosthesis. He is more than able!! See Ephesians 3:20,21.
I’m also reminded of our broken world as age encroaches . . . especially in the lives of my parents. This keeps us longing for our Real Home. Thank you so much for your continued prayers for them as they adjust to life in the South. Their house in Maine is under contract; we are thankful for this, though it’s emotionally hard for them to see it go. The Lord will sustain them and give them grace.
The Lord is good. I’m attaching a photo of a bird here that illustrates His goodness to care for the birds by feeding them—but the image also illustrates our broken world. Before the Fall, creatures did not need to eat other creatures. Yes, I do kind of feel sorry for the fish!! But the overriding fact here is this: as the Lord cares for birds and provides food for them, He cares so much more for us! We rest in that confidence! He meets our every need, whether physical or emotional, or otherwise.