It Isn’t Over Until YOU Say So, Lord!

Sometimes, Lord, You just take my breath away!

And it isn’t all “hot air”!!! ¬† ūüôā

Like this morning. ¬†I have begun a new season of prayer and fasting. ¬†Forty days of seeking You in new and deeper ways. ¬†I’m on “pins and needles”… feeling a great sense of anticipation.

What are You going to say, Lord?  What are You going to do?

This morning, I started a new prayer journal for these 40-days. ¬†I’m going to carry it with me, along with my Bible, wherever I go. So wherever I am — at work, at church, at play, everywhere — I can write down anything that needs to be captured.

Words of… Wisdom. ¬†Insight. ¬†Inspiration. ¬†Revelation. ¬†Confirmation.

Prayer Requests¬†and Answers… leading to more Requests¬†and Answers still.

This morning, I wrote about a burden on my heart. ¬†About something I see dying. ¬†I am not alone in this observation. ¬†Others see it dying, too. ¬†There is no hope apart from You, Lord. ¬†So this morning, I wrote in my journal: ¬†“Lord, please raise it to Life.”

Then I went to church.

Two passages were read. ¬†Old and New Testament. ¬†With one common thread: ¬†You, Lord… raising the dead to Life!!!¬†

In the first passage — 1 Kings 17:8-24 — You sent Elijah to a widow on the verge of starvation. ¬†On her way home… to make one last loaf of bread with the meager flour and oil she had remaining. ¬†A final¬†meal for her and her son… before they died.

But You had other plans, Lord.

Elijah said, “But first, make a loaf for me.” ¬†What an act of faith You asked of her¬†Lord! ¬†Elijah first? ¬†He then said¬†her flour and oil would not run out until rain came to end the drought.

And so it was!

How amazing for her, Lord! ¬†Getting up each day. ¬†Seeing flour and oil where none had been the night before. ¬†A kind of “indoor manna” yielding¬†just enough each¬†day¬†to survive. Miraculously provided by You.

Wow.

But the bigger “WOW” came later. ¬†When the widow’s son got sick… and died. ¬†Elijah cried out: ¬†“Lord, my God, let this boy’s life return to him!”

And You did!

“The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived.” ¬†(1 Kings 17:22)

We jumped to Luke 7:11-17. ¬†You approached a funeral procession. ¬†The only son of a widow. ¬†Her grief moved You to say, “Don’t cry.” ¬†Then You did the impossible.¬†¬†You raised this dead son to life!

That’s when it hit me.

Just three hours earlier, in the¬†quiet of our home, I had put my request on Your altar: ¬†Raise this dying thing to life. ¬†And here I was in church… listening to two accounts where You had done just that —¬†raised the dead to life!

Is this Your answer to us, Lord? ¬†What we are to hope for… with the certainty of faith? ¬†That New Life is coming???

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength…” ¬†(Isaiah 40:31)

Awestruck & encouraged… ¬†!!!

Abba’s Girl

 

 

 

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