February 11, 2011

God, my God.

I sat on my recliner, tears pouring down my face. I held my Bible between my hands and prayed:
I don’t want to open this book. I am terrified to read it from cover to cover and find not one word to comfort me or guide me or encourage me. Such is how I feel right now. There are no words, no hope, you are simply not around. It’s too dark for me to find you.
I was at a crossroad. Decisions before me, unknown all around me and I didn’t know where the path was and how to walk it.

Are you still there, God? Are you listening? Why are you so clear some days and some you are as murky as muddy water? I don’t know what to do. I just don’t know where the road is that you are carving before me.

There was no comfort in prayer, there was no comfort anywhere. I was confused. I thought I knew God's will and now this…

I want to follow you wholeheartedly but I just don’t understand where you are going.
I held the book some more, feeling the soft leather between my fingers, turning it from side to side, trembling with the certainty that I would not hear from God from within its pages.
Not so bravely, with a sigh, I slowly opened the front cover to a place towards the beginning, without thinking. Had I thought I would not have. My comfort comes from David, from Jeremiah, from Paul, from the disciples. Never from Moses. Moses, so removed from my own life. Moses, who had spent time with God and knew the sound of His voice.
But my fingers touched the name Deuteronomy on the top of the page and I despaired.

What good can come out of Deuteronomy, the book of wanderers? How are they like me? I'm not wandering away from you, God; I'm seeking you. Oh, God, you are not listening still.
Then my foolish eyes landed on a phrase, straight up, first words. And I began to read and I did not stop:
“I tried to relieve your fears: ‘Don’t be terrified of them. God, your God, is leading the way; he is fighting for you. You saw what he did in the wilderness, how God, your God, carried you as a father carries his child, carried you the whole way until you arrived here. But now that you are here, you won’t trust God, your God- this same God who goes ahead of you in your travels to scout out a place to pitch camp, a fire by night and a cloud by day to show you the way to go.”    (Deuteronomy 1:29-33. The Message)
Oh, God, my God, you hear, you comfort, you speak still. God, my God, you are still leading me, you go before me, you fight for me. I remember, God, my God. I remember what you have done through all the many wilderness of my life. You carried me, you did. You carried me lovingly as a father until we were safely on the other side. I live with two remembrances of how you, God, my God, carried me safely through a wilderness once. They kissed me this morning, they called me "mami," and I remembered your goodness.
I want to trust you for you are the same God you were then, and you are still before me showing me the way to go. Carry me now even still until we stand together on the mountain top again, away from this valley of dry bones, and we sing a hymn of worship to God, our God, the never-forsaker, the promise-keeper. In you alone, I place my trust.


Unknown said...

Oh sweet friend, beautifully written. And honest. I love the raw honesty and truth. He speaks...still.

Jennifer said...

I love hearing stories like yours, times when a person literally flips to a page and there God speaks. Thanks for sharing your story and showing that our God is a God who listens.

Gaby said...

Thanks, Heather and Jennifer. This is a journey we're on and there are highs and lows. But I was reminded this week that God is the same in the highs and the lows.

Deborah said...

I hope everything's okay. I couldn't quite tell whether you were recounting something in the past or whether this was recent, so if it's recent, I hope things get better for you soon.

Gaby said...

You're sweet, Deborah. Yes and yes. Yes, this is something recent and yes, this has been the past. That's the thing about a relationship with God: it is a journey and so I have found myself crying out God, my God before as I am now. He has always been faithful even when I forget and have to be reminded :) This was another point of reminder for me. I love that even though I have to be reminded over and over again, He never seems to mind helping me remember He is still in control of my situation.

Unknown said...

I'm so glad you sent me this post -- I needed to hear every word. I love how God uses this blog world to deliver His message time and time again. Thank you for sharing this journey so that I might find in it empathy, love, and confirmation.

Amy Sullivan said...

So true! When we just don't feel as if we can read or spend time with Him or pray, He just meets us. Always. Thanks, Gaby.

Unknown said...

Glad you linked this up today!

Pamela said...

He's a promise keeper for sure! "I have never see the righteous forsaken." I love that promise. When I was a child we sang, "I'm standing on the promises of God." And I am.