From the DayBreaks archive, 2/3/2005:
Last week I wrote a DayBreaks (“Especially in the Wilderness”) about some dear friends who were going through a very hard time. They didn’t know I was writing that DayBreaks, and they were rather shocked when the recognized themselves in the writing. One of them awoke that morning and made their way to the computer where they opened the DayBreaks, only to clearly see themselves between the lines. And God’s timing with that message was perfect, for it had been a very difficult night. And while the objective of that DayBreaks wasn’t targeted to help encourage them in particular, God worked through His Spirit to do just that.
When their kids came round, mom shared that DayBreaks with them. But what touched my heart, and I’m sure theirs, so deeply was the reaction of their son who listened while mom had read the message to them. He said, “Wow. That’s pretty sad. Are they anyone that we know?”
Oh, the sweet oblivion of children! How precious is their trust and faith in their parents! This young boy didn’t even recognize the agony that had been going on in mom and dad, didn’t recognize his own family in the word pictures, but was moved by the plight of the “strangers” in the story.
How I wish, sometimes, for that kind of oblivion to the swirls and eddies of trouble that wash into my life! All was fine, as far as this young boy was concerned, because he was in his mom and dad’s house – and he knew he was loved and cared for in every way humanly possible. And so I find myself learning from this young man: I have nothing to fear. I am in the Father’s house. I am loved, cared for, welcomed, eagerly watched over by the Father Himself. I am loved in every way that the ultimate, the only True and Living God, can love anyone and everyone.
Some day, some precious day, like that precious son of my friend, I’ll wake up and I’ll meet my Father. And in that twinkling of an eye when I see Him and He looks me in the eye, I’ll be totally oblivious to all but His greatness, to the flood of warmth of love that will engulf me and forever sweep from my memory the pain, the suffering, the sorrow, grief and tears – to the point that I wouldn’t recognize my troubles if they were right before my face.
Ah, the sweet oblivion when my struggles disappear only to be replaced by His glory and to live in it forever more!
Jude 1:24-25 (NIV) – To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy–to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
Copyright by 2015 Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>
PRAYER: I’m sorry, Lord. I know I need to talk with you and listen to you much more than I do. Let my path be well worn to Your throne of grace and to those who need to hear about You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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