We have a family tradition to celebrate Passover by gathering around our table and sharing a special meal. As we enjoy the meal we remind ourselves of how God rescued those who had followed His instructions to paint the blood of a lamb on their doorposts. You can find this story in Exodus 12:12-13.
This year we enjoyed the week of Easter in late March, but with spring break travel, sports, church attendance, and more … I was sad to see that we were unable to set aside time to celebrate with our traditional Passover meal. Imagine my surprise and joy as I discovered that Passover 2016 was NOT the same week as Easter! Passover 2016 begins April 22. We still had time to celebrate our Passover meal!
When I learned this, I was overcome with a sense of God’s mercy and a fresh falling awe of His second chances. On a piece of paper I wrote In This Season and began to make a list of all the things I needed to talk to God about … current happenings in my family, problems I was experiencing in this season of life, and issues that needed hope, help, and healing.
My list included names of friends and family, sickness and diseases, personal struggles and sins. In black ink I wrote my own sinful attitudes followed by the mindset I wanted to trade them for. I also listed things I am hoping for in the future.
I smiled as I considered the Passover season, and purposefully used a red pen to write over the whole list two words. Big and bold over the whole page in red ink I wrote “I AM.”
As I humbly thanked my Savior and desired to express my love and gratitude, I took a green pen representing growth, and began to write in smaller letters in a diagonal direction some of the verses in Psalm 103… He forgives; He heals; He redeems; He crowns with love; He fills my life with good things; He renews; He gives justice.
As I looked at the page, I noticed that the list I began with … those problems I was experiencing in this season … was almost illegible. What stood out was The Great I AM! I almost shouted in victory as I took a pen and drew an arrow from the small heading “In This Season” and wrote “Passover!”
Will you join me and make a list of your own?
Write down the struggles you are facing in this season of your life. Are there areas in your personal walk with God that have become dormant or stale? Are you ready for the Lord's plow to work on that dry and dusty, fallow ground? If so, write it down.
What about those closest to you? Have they been bitten by the frosty wind of your cold heart? Don't be ashamed to bring these confessions to God.
When you have finished your list, grab a red pen and BOLDLY write "I AM" over all of it. Then praise God with a song of gratitude like the one in Psalm 103.
Thanks to Susan Peacock for sharing her FaithStory today. What’s your story? We’d love to hear from you at http://firstname.lastname@example.org.
I experienced what I feel is a SPIRITUAL VICTORY in my life, and I wanted to share it with my GFBC family! I’m sharing it as I spell out the word VICTORY ….
Some of my family members had a misunderstanding with other family members which resulted in hurt feelings, tears, and division within the family.
Thoughts kept coming into my head saying, “Maybe I’m the cause of the misunderstanding. Maybe I caused the division in my family. Maybe I should stay away!” Then I remembered the Word of God teaching me that the enemy seeks to divide, destroy, devour. Hmmm, could this be an attack from the enemy?
Stay Alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. ~ 1 Peter 5:8
Cries to God for help …
I cried out in my insecurity and feelings of hopelessness to God and asked Him to give me wisdom. “Lord, I don’t know top from bottom, or right from wrong! Please help me discern Your way and Your will,” I prayed.
Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. ~ 1Peter 5:7
God tells me to rest and to trust Him. I sleep … I awake worried several times but each time I pray again. I whisper the name of Jesus into the darkness of the night …. Finally, I rest!
So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time He will lift you up in honor. ~ 1 Peter 5:6
When I awake I have a song going through my head. My spirit sings and I’ve awaken a new person. I am feeling strength … God’s strength! I am able to think clearly. A new plan comes to my mind. Not a plan of separating myself from my family. Instead, I desire to seek peace with my family members. God has answered my prayers.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. ~ Jeremiah 29:11
I make a phone call to a family member. We talk through the conflict and we make plans to meet together with another family member to talk more later in the week. This was such a “God-moment” as I realized what could have happened to my family relationship if I had listened to those first thoughts of staying away. What joy I feel as I realize that God is mending the most important relationship I have here on earth – my family relationships!
Yes, God’s promises are true! Yes, Jesus does not forsake us in the conflicts of life! Yes, He is faithful!
Be STRONG and COURAGEOUS! Do not be afraid and do not panic before your enemy. For the LORD your God will PERSONALLY go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you. Deut. 31:6
Thank You, Father, for being close to the brokenhearted. Thank You for never leaving us nor forsaking us. You draw near to us when we cry out to You. Teach us to wait on you because we know Your way is best. Thank you for VICTORY … in our home, in our relationships with others, and in our relationship with You.