Thursday, August 02, 2007

Joy in Jesus

Ahhhh! I just had a wonderful time with the Lord and before I start on the rest of my day I want to take a minute to share with you.
I was reading John 11:1-45. Three times in the first three verses, it says Lazarus is sick.(Now a man named Lazarus was sick...This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick..."Lord, the one you love is sick.") I read over it a couple of times and thought, OK, Lazarus was definitely sick. I've got that. My mind went to so many people I know of who are sick right now and I began to pray for little Allie, big Allie, Izzy, Micah, Chloe, Ron, Heather, and Andrea. I realized and thanked God that he knows each one is sick, He knows what they need, and He loves them. As I reflected on Jesus' calm response to Lazarus' situation I thanked Him for His power and sovereignty in each of these other situations, too.
I considered Martha's faith, "'Lord,' Martha said to Jesus, 'if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.'" (v.21-22) And I prayed for the families surrounding these individuals. I asked God to cover them with His Spirit, to build their faith and to give them confidence in His perfect plan and perfect timing.
When I read about Jesus calling Lazarus out of his grave, I prayed and asked Him to call these individuals out of their sicknesses. And I sat praising and thanking Jesus for His power and His perfect plan. He knew just what He was doing when he delayed going to Lazarus. The whole situation was for His glory (v. 4). So I prayed that He be glorified because of little Allie, big Allie, Izzy, Micah, Chloe, Ron, Heather, and Andrea.

I am so full of joy this morning because of Who Jesus Is and because of what He can do, and I just wanted to share it with you!!!

Now it's time to eat, shower, and get back to packing.

Have a blessed day!

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Heather @ Desperately Seeking Sanity said...

Thanks for the perspective and good luck on the move and packing.... :)

I bet doing it spirit filled is so much better than just doing it... :)

Corrie said...

Oh I'm so glad I stopped by your blog today, Karen! What a great truth to start me off on this sleepy morning!

annie said...

I have read that passage so many times, I know that God knows what I need and more specifically what Izzy needs so much better than I do and although it can be a challenge I remind myself that God is bigger and much more powerful than any affliction or injury. I wait with baited breath on the Lord and KNOW HE is going to work a mighty miracle in my Izzy and it will be to His glory. I feel a building of faith coming like a big wave, things coming together and I just thank you for joining your faith with ours and for sharing your love for us and for being joyful in the Lord... because that's the most important of all.
love you.
(excuse the run on sentence, Corrie just posted about this today. I type about like I talk - in run on sentences :o) especially when I get worked up )

TCC said...

Thank you. I needed that today.

mcewen said...

Some of us have no idea what 'the plan' is, but it's a joyful path nonetheless. Now pack those bags or you make take an unexpected detour yourself!
Best wishes

Angela said...

Thanks for sharing. I pray He will be glorified in each situation.

How's the packing coming? Praying for you!

Renee's Ramblings said...

Thank you! I needed to hear this today. Good luck with packing!