When Mom had to go into nursing home care, I was heartbroken and I struggle still. But one morning at the beginning of her time at "the manor," I awoke with this phrase in my mind: Joy in the midst of sorrow.
So I dictated those words into the notes app on my phone and went back to sleep.
The next night, the same thing happened again. I'd forgotten the first phrase, but when I opened the notes app at 2 a.m., there it was. I added this night's phrase, peace in the midst of pain, and went back to sleep.
The next night yet another phrase came plus a closing thought:
Joy in the midst of sorrow,
Peace in the midst of pain,
Faith in the truth of God's promise;
There will be sunshine after the rain.
|When we have confidence in the Lord's presence with|
us, we are able to appreciate the beauty He provides
along the way even when we can't see how or when the
journey will end.
I think the Lord brought these lines to me on successive nights to emphasize the importance of the truth behind them; otherwise, I would probably have forgotten them. I have notebooks full of random thoughts and often find slips of paper in drawers with a line or two of verse or inspiration jotted down from I know not when. And I don't even want to think about the hundreds of Microsoft Word documents I have stashed in folders on two computers.
The Lord wanted me to take note of the thought that He is like the eye of any storm we face; present with us, sustaining, protecting, providing. Also, we always need to recognize that any storm we are enduring is temporary.
Toward the beginning of my mother's Alzheimer's journey, our attorney looked me in the eye and said, "There will be life for you after your mother's Alzheimer's." It doesn't seem so. As Mom very slowly fades from view I feel that the end of her will be the end of me. But God has promised strength for the present challenges, and ... sunshine after the rain.
"I have learned in whatever situation I am in to be content..." (Philippians 4:1).