Re: Blessings from a broken heart!
Great, strengthening thread! It reminds me of the 26th chapter of Genesis.
Because of famine in the land, Isaac and Rebekah had gone over to the land of the Philistines where Abimelech was the king. Once there, Isaac and Rebekah grew great because the Lord blessed them so much. They had more than anybody, even the king himself it seems and so Abimelech finally sent them away, out of his land.
So, Isaac and Rebekah took their herds and their servants and all that the Lord had blessed them with, and they left. But they had to go DOWN IN THE VALLEY. But every time they would try to find water, they found the enemy had stopped up the wells that the servants of Isaac's father had dug. Filled them up with dirt!
So they kept moving, and searching for the wells of water, but each time they thought they had located water, again the wells had been plugged with dirt by the enemy. Finally, they found a well with water. I'm sure they must have been so relieved.
But along comes the enemy, saying, "That's OUR well! Not yours." So Isaac and Rebekah and their servants moved on. They tired of all the striving for ownership. But alas, every time they found another good well, with water, here came to enemy AGAIN, striving with them for the well.
But finally, way down in the valley... they found a well the enemy did not come to claim. You see, they had to go way, way down in the valley. They could not find water on the mountain top! Or even part-way down the mountain...they had to go deep into the valley!
And remember, these things happened to them for our examples, us upon whom the end of the world is come!
Its been my experience too, Sweetie, that its in the valley He restoreth my soul! The going is rough and the enemy had booby trapped our way, and sometimes the enemy meets us head-on, striving with us. But once we reach that lowest valley, we know it. For it is there that he restores our soul!
I think I'll put that story straight from the Bible in the next post, in case someone wants to read it. (I think it goes hand in hand with your wonderful, inspirational post!) Ye, I think I'll do that........
My favorite scripture: Malachi 3:16
"Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name!" (Every time we speak of the Lord, or even THINK of him--its written down in a book of remembrance!)