Again, I’m joining a delightful group of people at Five Minute Friday, hosted by Kate Motaung. It’s a link-up and everyone is invited. Please join us.
A Steady Love Story
“She chased me until I caught her.”
The nurse giggled at my father in-law’s short-and-clever description of how he and my mother-in-law joined in marriage 56 years ago. He was a submarine sailor stationed in San Diego, CA, and she a simple Missouri farm girl who adventured west with her sisters. Not until they met a thousand miles from home did they learn they were born two weeks apart, two towns apart.
Remain Steady In My Name
I’d like to tell you that my in-laws lived to please the God of the universe. Frankly, they didn’t. Neither desired a relationship with Him. But, God steadily pursued their hearts through their children and grandchildren whom He saved by His grace and mercy. He keeps us as steady witnesses in their lives. He asks us to be steady: don’t run hot-and-cold or be like chaff in the wind. He said, run the race I set before you and do it in My Name.
In the end, in His mercy, He placed my mother-in-law in a faith-based hospital, where scripture adorns the walls, and the computer monitors display screensavers with encouraging words. God’s fingerprints are all over this place.
Donna, the chaplain, pays a visit. She listens compassionately to the family’s concerns then prays over my mother-in-law while she rests. Curative care transitions to comfort care. God alone sustains her breath.
Reach her in her dreams, I plead silently to God. Let her know your amazing grace. Usher her into your kingdom, I beg You. And my father-in-law, Lord, they’ll be separated forever if he doesn’t come to a saving knowledge of You. Please be a steady presence in his life.
God Has No Bounds
Sitting in ICU on that sweltering day, I’m grateful to be a part of their love for one another, but I wish they’d let God in. It wasn’t that way. Still, God has no bounds, and His promise of love is steady and enduring. He’s given me the kind of peace that surpasses all understanding. My heart tells me He chased her until she caught Him. One day I’ll know for certain.
Reach Out If You Need Prayer
If you have people in your life who don’t yet know the saving love, grace, and mercy of Jesus Christ, don’t give up. His Will for us is always good and perfect. Be steady. Pray without ceasing. Trust Him in all things. He’s the steady Rock and our Fortress. If you need prayer today, please reach out privately here.