(Charlie’s BIRTHday Rainbow)
1. My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ the solid rock I stand,
all other ground is sinking sand;
all other ground is sinking sand.
2. When Darkness veils his lovely face,
I rest on his unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the veil.
3. His oath, his covenant, his blood
supports me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
he then is all my hope and stay.
4. When he shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in him be found!
Dressed in his righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne!
I heard this song yesterday and it soothed my soul. With all of the difficulties and lack of any sort of “end date” to these difficulties, tiredness, living away from home, missing my family, and…and…and… I have had a difficult time not being overcome by tears and sadness. The truth of the matter is that though I may not appear stable with the mass amount of tears that attempt to drown me- I am stable. I don’t always “feel” stable, especially each time the team of surgeons enter my room, have me sign papers that acknowledge my baby boy could die after they take him to the OR, and then they whisk him away. Or when a new potential life-threatening situation arises, or thoughts of months in the NICU arise or…or…or…I am stable because, by His grace, my feet are firmly plantedon a solid rock- JESUS! In Him alone, there is nothing I cannot withstand. The song above resonates with my soul. “When Darkness veils his lovely face, I rest on his unchanging grace” and “When all around my soul gives way, he then is all my hope and stay!”
If you know me very well, you know that this trial is filled with the makings of “my worst nightmare,” down to some of the smallest details. I don’t really like that phrase and I am learning that for the christian there need not be such a phrase. There is NO situation where God is not with us. He gives us exactly what we need to walk in it, he is refining, strengthening, and broadening us for His grand purposes. He is increasing my faith by showing me that “In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil.” Do you have fears or anxieties that keep you from living a faith-filled life trusting in God? Are you held captive by “what-if’s” or “I can’t”? Let me remind you as I often remind myself, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
I am a slow learner, but the longer I live and my loving Father allows me to walk through things that were “my worst nightmare,” I thank Him for His faithfulness, grace, and mercy. He has NEVER let me down or given me more than I can handle- in His strength. He simply reveals to me more and more of what an Awesome God I serve. I wouldn’t choose to be where I am right now, but God has chosen it for me. I would choose His choice over mine any day because He is my rock and everything else is “sinking sand,” including what I think is best!
So I think we should put away that cliche’ and start believing what is true- “I can do all things through Christ who strenthens me.” Phil. 4:13
1 Peter 1:6-8 “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory”