I sat down on the bed. Peering my eyes at all the needles in the nurses tote. She seemed unsetttled by my uneasiness.
One after another, she put the syringes down right my frail arms. Every injection made my throat choke. I was extremely exhausted, weak and too tired to think.
My heart pounding hard on me, I found myself praying out loud in anguish, “My Lord, this feels so heavy on me…”
It really was.
As a warm tear streamed down my cheeks, feeling outrightly weak and broken, His Word came alive in me.
“I AM IMMANUEL. [Isaiah 7:10] The Lord with you. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you – [1st Thessalonians 5:18]”
I cannot explain how those words made my shriveled bones straight.
He truly was with me, our circumstance was not out of His glorious gaze. He was seeing, He was orchestrating it all, for our good.
See, when life is good, we think He truly is IMMANUEL. When life turns sore, we think He has taken a trip to Hawaii. We forget that He is Immanuel, God with us. With us.
He is with us on our job, at school, at church. He is with us when we do the dishes and with us at the grocery store, and with us when we buy a new car and visit our friend in the hospital.
He is with us when we have to lock ourselves in the bathroom from our kids. He’s with us right at the hospital bed.
He is with us when our marriage hits a rough patch and with us when life breaks our heart in half.
He’s with us when we feel lonely, with us when our addictions get the best of us.
He is with us even when we stray.
He’s with us when we pretend we’re something we’re not and with us when the image collapses.
He’s with us when we have plenty, and He’s with us in our lack. He’s with us, friend. Always with us.
God doesn’t just want you to encounter him through the joyful times only, or a message someone else preaches.
He wants us to live in habitual fellowship with Him, allowing the word of God to inform the framework of our belief system and giving the Holy Spirit space to speak, to comfort, to govern us personally – at our best, on the mountains and at our worst – down the gruesome dark valleys with lingering shadows of death.
We can unlearn the habit of leaving him out of things.
We can be healed from the shame and guilt that keeps us from involving God in the parts of life we’re not proud of.
We can be healed from the self-reliance we digest daily in our culture that strong-arms us into an independent life without God.
Through Jesus, we can learn to live in unbroken fellowship with God.
You may wonder how a hospital experience, a broken relationship, a hard marriage, a retrenchment, a sick child – would all coalase to work for good.
Friends, God NEVER HAS A MISS.
Every test, every trial, comes to perfect something in us. The question is, will you mull over everything OR rejoice through the fire – For He’s with you?
Embrace Him, know His silent voice of hope admidst the clamor of life.
He’s IMMANUEL. He’s is GOD WITH US – IN ALL!