When You Need To Remember

There are times in life when you need to remember God and His promises.

Jeremiah experienced just such a time when he said, “My strength has perished,and so has my hope from the LORD” (Lamentations 3:18).

His soul was so low that he arrived at that conclusion. And sometimes our soul can get just that low. We have walked in the valley of the shadow and we cannot see the way out. That’s where Jeremiah was. And maybe you have been there, too.

What Jeremiah needed was a soft and tender cushion to lay his head back on — a kindness to soothe his hurting heart.

And right after he uttered those words about losing all hope, he did what all weary hearts must do. He remembered God and His promises.

Jeremiah said these words and they show us the way —

This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. It is good that he waits silently for the salvation of the LORD.
Lamentations 3:21-26

Today may be your low day, and if it is, then it’s the time to do what Jeremiah did and recall certain truths from God’s Word to your mind. Jeremiah continued and said, “For if He causes grief, then He will have compassion according to His abundant lovingkindness” (Lamentations 3:32). Here I believe we can only bend the knee to the sovereignty of God. If we are in what I call “a Job situation,” where we can see that we do not understand God’s ways and acknowledge that indeed His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9), then remembering what we know about His compassion, mercy, faithfulness, and kindness will help us.

I love the beauty of this pink rose taken with my Nikon D810 camera and Micro-Nikkor 200mm lens, and I have titled it “Soft and Tender,” because of both the color and the folds of the petals as they move gently in a pattern within the rose. They help me remember that within the cruel and devastating blows that can come in the course of the journey, the compassion and mercy of God remains and works something new into the story of our life.

I remember reading many years ago about the experience of Hannah Whitall Smith who had suffered greatly and was so devastated that she went to a well-known Christian woman to ask her about it. The woman listened to Hannah’s story and then said, “Yes, all you say may be true, but then there is God.” Hannah was not impressed with that answer. But it was the only answer the woman would give. When she thought long and hard about it over a period of months, Hannah came to the conclusion that indeed, if God is all He says He is, then He must enough and all-sufficient even when there are seemingly no answers for a situation.

I do think of Amy Carmichael often, who suffered a fall and was bedridden for twenty years. In the beginning of a devastating moment in life, she shares the kinds of things we can think —

You look back at a certain moment which changed everything…a lightning-flash cleaving straight across the road on which you walked. You shut your eyes instinctively; when you opened them the road looked different. And it was different. Nothing will ever be again as it was before that lightning-flash.
Amy Carmichael in Walking With The God Who Cares by Catherine Martin

But then Amy continues on to higher ground. Amy knew how to remember God and His promises and she applied it in that very moment. In her book, Gold By Moonlight, she describes the realization of what it means to be beloved of God. In that moment she realized that yes, it was true, things would never be as they were before, but they will be better. And yes, you may never do certain things again, but God has other things in mind for you to do. And she realized that the story of our lives always holds the bright future of heaven and eternal glory.

Indeed, those last twenty years of Amy’s life became the time when she wrote most of her books that have been loved and read by thousands throughout the world. Her books have meant everything to me, especially Gold By Moonlight, which I have read in my quiet time over the last two years. I quote that book and Amy’s story in my book all about hope, Walking With The God Who Cares.

A Special Invitation

Dear friends, I would like to invite you to join me for our Fall 2016 Online Bible Study of Walking With The God Who Cares – Finding Hope When You Need It Most at Ministry For Women — Google+ Community starting on Saturday, October 8, 2016! We will begin our online study with an Introduction on Saturday, October 8, 2016, and conclude the six week study on Saturday, November 12, 2016. This A 30-Day Journey book is organized into 5 weeks, with 5 days of reading and response per week, and then a 6th day of personal quiet time experience: daily My Response pages with a key verse, an open ended question, and space to formulate your own response, and weekly quiet times designed according to The P.R.A.Y.E.R.™ Quiet Time Plan™. You will learn how to find the promise, embrace the promise, trust the promise, and live the promise. I believe this is one of the most important books I’ve ever written and I am excited to take the journey with you.

So dear friend, remember there is always hope even when your hope is perishing as it was in Jeremiah’s life. Follow the example of Jeremiah and Amy Carmichael, and call to mind your great God and His magnificent promises. Those truths will be like soft, soothing cushions, as you lay back into God’s everlasting arms, and experience His mercy, grace, compassion, and lovingkindness.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!

Catherine

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The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease.
Lamentations 3:22

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  • Title: Soft And Tender
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  • Description: A macro view of a pink rose in Palm Desert, California, USA.
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  • Camera: Nikon D810, Micro-Nikkor 200mm, FL 200mm, ISO 100, f/14, 0.5sec.
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