When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. Isaiah 43:2
Yesterday I wrote a tiny portion of the trial we went through with our youngest daughter. I would love to say that was the end but it wasn’t. Satan is always on the prowl and I personally believe that he targets those who he sees or recognizes, a calling or anointing on them to do great things. Or perhaps I should say, “Many are called but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:14
When she brought home the 2nd man, there was something about him we liked but we were leery. We embraced him and began mentoring him in Gods expectations of a man, especially since he’d been married previously. We walked them through pre-marital and the closer the time of the wedding came, I noticed Shannon becoming more distant. Something wasn’t setting right with my spirit, so I prayed God would expose hidden things.
It was as we sat with friends who would cater her reception that she informed us she had found he had relapsed into addiction and would no longer need their services. It was tough to watch her go through heartbreak again, but we were so thankful that God exposed it before the wedding.
It’s so hard to watch your children go through things that hurt them, but this passage from Isaiah became something I personalized for her during this season.
“When you, Shannon, pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.”
As I’ve watched her mature and grow in her own walk with God, she’s unfolded like a beautiful rose. Just like the pencil sketch she made me of a rose on Mothers Day years ago. Through the water and the fire He was with her, developing her into the bride of His passion. Heightening her gift of discernment and giving her a heart of compassion for others.
I’ve been blessed with two beautiful daughters who have both fought their own battles within and without. Both have come through the fires with scars but both realize that without those scars, they would never have developed skills in spiritual warfare.
As for Walt and I, we have become rock solid in our trust in God, knowing that He who began a good work in us, is faithful to complete it. We’ve allowed what satan meant to destroy us with, to weave a beautiful tapestry in our lives.
Whatever you’re going through, remember that He is more than able to keep you and your children, even your grandchildren in the palm of His hand. It’s your trust in Him that makes all the difference, my friend.