Faithful are the Wounds of a Friend

A sunflower plant our eldest planted before we left for America and New Zealand to visit family and friends. Oma and Opa (my Dutch in-laws) thought it had died, as they had been delayed in watering it one week and it had been so very hot and dry that week. But the next week they returned it was in flower and now it is flourishing! What if a delay in the Holy Spirit’s outpouring is purposed to reap an even greater harvest in us and others- our flourishing and not just our surviving.

What if what looks/looked “wrong” is/was always God’s perfect plan and purpose unfolding for us and His glorious Body?

Was it “wrong” of Hannah to give her little boy Samuel away to Eli, known to have raised disobedient sons and to have preferred to protect his sons from the consequences of their sin than to raise them in the fear of the LORD? Was it “wrong” for her to relinquish her duty as a mother to obey her God, so that her son could become one of the greatest prophets that ever walked this earth, who loved his God with his whole heart and soul and mind and strength?

Was it “wrong” for Moses’ mother to place her only son in that basket and to release him into the Nile, where crocodiles roamed? Was it wrong of her to allow a Gentile family to raise her son in the ways of this world? Was it wrong for her to trust God to perfect His power in her weakness, to use everything the enemy meant for evil in her son’s life for good? Was it wrong for her to surrender her every right as mother into the hands of the Almighty God that He might parent her child into one of the greatest leaders who walked this earth, as that God transformed every wound ever inflicted upon him and through him into His glory and grace to us all?

Was it wrong for Jesus to walk away from his parents, causing them great distress, to go about His Heavenly Father’s business?

Was it wrong for Daniel to expose himself to the lion’s den in following God’s will and see a King profess our God as LORD of all?

Was it wrong for Joseph to not tell his brothers who he was until they had brought his little brother to him? Was it wrong for God to display His compassion and heal Joseph’s heart in embracing him?

Was it wrong for Rahab to lie about the whereabouts of the spies to protect the men that promised to save her and her family members? Was it wrong for her to become God’s mouthpiece to secure not just victory for the children of God but also redemption for herself and her family of Prodigals returning home?

Was it wrong for Shadrach, Meshach and Abendnigo to expose themselves to the furnace in refusing to disobey God? Was it wrong of them to walk into trauma and almost certain death, trusting in God’s salvation in life and in death?

How can it be wrong to be in the center of God’s will for us. Even if we and others don’t fully understand. We can trust God knows what He’s doing. Because our Abba Father promises us that He brings out into a spacious place and rescues those He delights in, which means those He cares for, is attentive to and protects: that’s YOU and that’s me: His beloved children He is calling out to and drawing unto Himself.

What if what is hurting your heart the very most is God’s wounding given to you as a gift to heal your heart and make you, and others through you, whole in Him? What if your faithful God has wounded you because He is your friend and not your enemy, who would choose to only kiss you profusely to keep you in bondage to sin? What if the delay is in fact His way of enlarging your heart to run in the path of His commands to see His much greater plan for you, your loved ones and so many more unfolding in glory!

What if God’s Promises to us are true: that He will never cause us ANY pain to us without birthing the new? What if He’s not forsaken you but called and chosen you to declare His glory and His grace? What if we who have sown in tears, bearing seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing our harvest with us? What if God never made a mistake with you, as you once thought? What if your weakness and failings and inadequacies were always part of His awesome plan to bless you and others through you?

What if you – what if we – are ALL in fact really truly fearfully and wonderfully made:

Psalm 126:6 ESV He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.

Isaiah 66:9 NCV
In the same way I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born,” says the LORD. “If I cause you the pain, I will not stop you from giving birth to your new nation,” says your God.

Proverbs 27:6 ESV
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

Psalm 18:19 ESV
He brought me out into a spacious spacious place;
    he rescued me because he delighted in me.

4 Comments

  1. God’s thoughts and his ways are far above anything we can imagine! Thanks, Anna, for these many examples of persons who chose to be in God’s will, no matter what it looked like to others.

    Love and blessings,

    Lisa

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    1. Amen! Yes they are! Your life stories have shown me that roo, Lisa. May God continue to spread them out, not just locally, but abroad, that many may be encouraged, as I have been, to see Jesus at work in their lives and hearts and the hearts and lives of their (His) loved ones.

      It’s my honor to encourage you with the encouragement God gave me. To God be all the glory. Much love to you xoxo

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  2. Yes, if we could ask Him to let us see His perspective (and we will finally understand it, someday, as Jesus promised us) oh how our hearts would swell at His blessing! Lord Jesus, help me to wait and trust You when I cannot see. Thank you, Anna, for this beautiful reminder and reflection. Love and blessings for you.

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    1. Amen to your prayer, Bettie. And yes! Asking to see His perspective really helps. May He help us all to slow and ask Him to see as He sees and may we trust also that He will show us and others what we need to see and know now, and in full in heaven (and yes oh how our hearts will swell then). Love and blessings for you too.

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