“For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.” Philippians 2:27
Walk His Way Revisited
First Posted in February, 2014
Years ago the Lord gave me this Scripture during one of the most difficult periods in my life. My young teenage son had become involved in drugs and he slowly went from being a good student and a healthy, gifted athlete involved in sports to a student not interested in school or sports. I was such a naïve mother, unaware of the early signs of what this all meant. My prayers became more confused in nature as all of this unfolded in our lives.
As a divorced woman, and into my second marriage, I was trying to hold everything together. This is impossible without the Lord and even as a daughter of the King, it was affecting my health—spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Many scriptures comforted me, but my hopes and dreams for this child of mine had been shattered and it was becoming harder and harder for me to know what to do.
Philippians 4:13 (“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”) became my mantra.
The Lord worked it out for my son to be admitted to a rehab facility in another state.
As I was driving to one of the “Family Days” to be with him for a counseling session, I was so distraught with fears, hopelessness, and complete despair that I was literally shouting out to the Lord for help. (Must have looked pretty creepy for anyone driving by me.) The day was gloomy and rainy, and dark clouds filled the skies. This was actually the perfect weather for my own miserable state.
But God…“BUT GOD!” Do you know what He did for me? He parted the clouds all over the land and all of a sudden there were rainbows throughout the valley in which I was traveling. And He gave me promises for my son by those signs of hope and beauty surrounding me. He does hear our cries and He cares for us and those we love.
I was so overwhelmed by the beauty and glory He surrounded me with that I had to pull over to the side of the road and be still. This is when He gave me the scripture above. The enemy had filled my mind and heart with the fear of death and hopelessness, but my Good Shepherd rescued me and gave me hope.
We are never to give up turning to Him—praying for His perfect will in our loved ones’ lives. He is forever faithful.
Dear Lord, thank You for continuing to give me hope through the years. Life is precious to You—even more than to me. I thank You for Your care, love, and Your faithfulness to us. You are good…You are good…all the time. Amen.