Tuesday, June 30, 2009

When God Steps In



Tuesday evening Teresa and I got together with two other RR couples at the Ukrainian buffet right around the corner from the Kreschatik Metro station in honor of Teresa's upcoming birthday on July 1. Teresa is pictured here with the bracelets (including a 'Touched by Adoption' one), gum,and chocolate ice cream she was given.
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I have thought of other titles for this post--like Calling in the Calvary (NOT a typo)--but they all center around the idea that this is a wonderful opportunity for God to ride into town--like the hero on an Old West movie. The bad guys have done their dastardly deeds, the town is in a mess with evil in control and the good people either dead or in hiding and then you hear the music changing and you know the big, strong guy on the horse is going to gallop down main street with both guns smoking and save the day. . . (and the girl. Smile.)

So my response? Go Get 'Em, God!!!

There is so much to be accomplished in the next two days for Teresa and Steven and I to be able to fly on Thursday.

But I also know that God is very capable of doing all of that . . . and more!

Yesterday I was re-reading some great stories from the life of Elisha from II Kings chapters 6 (esp see verses 14-17--part of which says "Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.") and 7 (I especially like the phrase 'tomorrow about this time' in verse 1 where God promised an absolutely impossible turn of events in just 24 hours time--and then made it happen!)

Today I'm reading from II Chronicles 20 about Jehoshaphat, a godly king who was faced with a huge enemy army. He was honestly and rightly afraid and called his people to prayer and fasting. They remembered Who God was and what He had done for them in the past; they remembered what He had promised to do and exactly what they needed in the present. I love Jehoshaphat's prayer in verse 12"O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee." God's reply through the man of God was: "Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's. . . Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you . . . fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you."

8 comments:

NDMom said...

Dear Joy, Amen! I am praying for you...can't see what God is up to in this grand adventure. Your movie analogy is priceless!

Love in Him, Paula adopting Bella

Carson's Mom said...

Praying that everything gets done quickly and smoothly and you are all 3 sitting on the plane flying home Thursday!

Kayla

Amy L said...

Praying Joy, that things will be completed in time!
Amy

Alice said...

Wow, Joy, your faith always amazes me! Stand firm. Even if He doesn't move in a dramatic way, He will see you through and bring this fight to an end. I'm hoping, and praying, for the big finish.:)

Linda said...

Joy, I am praying today for you. You certainly picked the right stories from the Word to encourage. God is on your side - Who can be against you! I am printing this and taking to your mom and dad first thing this morning (Tuesday) so they will know the latest. Love and miss you! Can't wait to hug you! Linda

Hi~I'm Alysha said...

It always amazes me how God uses others battles to show Himself to the ones in need. This fight is His. Your faith is so beautiful and inspiring! Our God is an awesome God who can do anything!!! Mighty prayers for the situation at hand for you today. Know that His army is surrounding you!
(( HUGS))..

Christy said...

I am praying you will see the dust rising on the horizon soon! :) Your calvary does hear your cries for help! Praying....

kevin said...

When we come to the water you'll be there by our side
When we face the enemies your word will be our guide
Lead us to the mountain top or in the vally low
Your presance will be there when we go
Lord we know not what to do but our eyes are on you
We will stand today fast and see you fight the battle for us
Lord we know not what to do but our eyes are on you
And we will see you fight for us today
With holy ghost power we will sing and praise
With the spirits anointing your holy name we will raise
With our praises in the lead and you there by our side
We know that you will be glorified!
Lord we know not what to do but our eyes are on you
We will stand today fast and pray and see fight the battle for us
Lord we know not what to do but our eyes are on you and we will see fight for us today!
Yes we will see you win the battle today!

Honey remember the song I wrote based on the Jehosaphat story. This seemed so appropriate to send it to you because with all that is going on here and there it fits. I was laying in bed the last two nights thinking and praying and the song and that story came to mind,God is so awsome he can do everything for us we just have to trust and obey for there is no other way.
All my Love
Kevin