Friday, July 10, 2009

Not if, when

"When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze."
Isaiah 43:2

I am currently reading When Love & Sorrow Embrace by Beth Forbus. It's about God's grace through the heartache of miscarriage.

Thus far the author has referred to Isaiah 43:2 a couple times. And she points out something very key that I hadn't noticed before.

The word....when.

Notice that the passage says, when you pass through the waters. When you pass through the rivers. When you walk through the fire.

Not if, when.

This passage seems to indicate that we all will, at some point in our lives, walk through fire. Pass through stormy waters. Trudge through deep rivers.

And when we do, God says, "I will be with you."

When you face that divorce - I will be with you.

When you can't make your house payment - I will be with you.

When your diagnosis comes back - I will be with you.

When anxiety, fear or dread overwhelm you - I will be with you.

When failure is looming on the horizon - I will be with you.

When death comes knocking at the door of a loved one - I will be with you.

Three years ago today, death came knocking...and took my little one from my womb.

The waters of grief engulfed me. The rivers of tears flooded my eyes. The fires of anger threatened to overtake me.

Yet God was with me.
He knew about the waters, rivers and fires that I would face. In fact, He had already told me in Isaiah...not if, when. And He promised that when the time came, He would be with me.

As I look back on those days, the pain and heartache are still so very real. And the promises of God are so very sweet.


G & H said...

Thank you for reminding me of the WHEN :)

Stacey said...

No joke, that book is on my amazon wish list. I may have to just go ahead and buy it for myself! Sounds really good.
Love this post, like all your others!

Stacey said...

P.S. The words of 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 remind me of you:

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows."

Thanks for using your experiences to comfort others, just as the Lord has comforted you.