Saturday, December 31, 2011

When All Is Said and Done

If a cat could write, it would have such stories to tell!   My grandmother's siamese cat disappeared for years only to return home one day to live out the rest of her life in the comfort of their farmhouse.   Where she had been all that time, nobody knew.   She, who had lived her life constantly pregnant, had stretched out her tent pegs beyond what we could imagine.    Her descendants are likely still prowling the countryside.
A child of God's life story may have to wait until Eternity and beyond to be written.   Seeds sown today may take generations to harvest.   My goal is to be a faithful servant to my God giving all glory to Him.    Rewards in this life will be meaningless compared to what is given in Heaven.  I don't want to bring an empty quiver to Heaven. I lived many years as a barren woman before being blessed with a son.   For that reason Isaiah 54 has been a passage of Scripture, though written for Zion, dear to me.

Isaiah 54

The Future Glory of Zion
 1 “Sing, barren woman, 
   you who never bore a child; 
burst into song, shout for joy, 
   you who were never in labor; 
because more are the children of the desolate woman 
   than of her who has a husband,” 
            says the LORD. 
2 “Enlarge the place of your tent, 
   stretch your tent curtains wide, 
   do not hold back; 
lengthen your cords, 
   strengthen your stakes. 
3 For you will spread out to the right and to the left; 
   your descendants will dispossess nations 
   and settle in their desolate cities.
 4 “Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. 
   Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. 
You will forget the shame of your youth 
   and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. 
5 For your Maker is your husband— 
   the LORD Almighty is his name— 
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; 
   he is called the God of all the earth. 
6 The LORD will call you back 
   as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit— 
a wife who married young, 
   only to be rejected,” says your God. 
7 “For a brief moment I abandoned you, 
   but with deep compassion I will bring you back. 
8 In a surge of anger 
   I hid my face from you for a moment, 
but with everlasting kindness 
   I will have compassion on you,” 
   says the LORD your Redeemer.

 9 “To me this is like the days of Noah, 
   when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. 
So now I have sworn not to be angry with you, 
   never to rebuke you again. 
10 Though the mountains be shaken 
   and the hills be removed, 
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken 
   nor my covenant of peace be removed,” 
   says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

 11 “Afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted, 
   I will rebuild you with stones of turquoise,[a] 
   your foundations with lapis lazuli. 
12 I will make your battlements of rubies, 
   your gates of sparkling jewels, 
   and all your walls of precious stones. 
13 All your children will be taught by the LORD, 
   and great will be their peace. 
14 In righteousness you will be established: 
Tyranny will be far from you; 
   you will have nothing to fear. 
Terror will be far removed; 
   it will not come near you. 
15 If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; 
   whoever attacks you will surrender to you.

 16 “See, it is I who created the blacksmith 
   who fans the coals into flame 
   and forges a weapon fit for its work. 
And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc; 
 17 no weapon forged against you will prevail, 
   and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. 
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, 
   and this is their vindication from me,” 
            declares the LORD.

When It's All Been Said and Done - Robin Mark

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