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Monday, September 5, 2016

He's Still Got the Whole World In His Hands

We are going through a bit of a rough patch here. I can't (won't) share it. I will say, if you pray, say a prayer. 

I lived in despair for the past 3 weeks. I was up and down and all around.  I looked subtly for clues, good or bad, but just clues. I read more into things that weren't there and didn't catch other signs that were there. 

I prayed. I pleaded with God. I worried constantly. Finally I sought the advice of others and the prayers of many. I knew this was a battle others had to help us pray for. 

We are still in the middle of the rough patch and it could be a long time before it gets resolved, if it gets resolved. 

My "mantra" of what I have clung to the last few weeks is from the Bible and also from a popular song "There will be pain and suffering but joy comes in the morning." We are in that pain and suffering right now, but I trust and believe down the road there will be joy in the morning.

Even if I am not alive to see that joy. But I trust God and his promises and there will be joy.

So what do we do right now? How do we wait it out? Do I stew and worry and lose sleep and work myself up to a tizzy about it? Do I let it consume me constantly with wanting to talk about it, dwell on it, try to solve it when it is not mine to solve.

Or do I just wait and trust and remember God and his promises and his faithfulness.

A bit came to resolution (not favorably in my opinion) Friday night. Wisely hubby talked me through some things Saturday morning and we formulated a plan of what our actions should be. 

And then a bit of hope Saturday afternoon. I had joined Next Door after Myra told me about it (by the way, Myra, happy anniversary to you and your hubby and wishing you many wonderful years together, we had a lot of fun tonight and I'm still full from that delicious dinner you served us). I just joined this past Monday. A message was posted yesterday that gave me hope in its content and suddenly my worry, my fear, my anxiety was actually turned to hope. It could work. It might work. 

Today at church the pastor gave a great sermon about God's faithfulness and keeping his promises and ended the sermon with us all singing "He's Still Got the Whole World in His Hands." The original words are "He's Got the Whole World in his Hands." He said when he is fearful about something, he sings those worlds to his situation, like if he is worried about the upcoming election he sings "He's Still Got the Whole Election in His Hands," etc. 

Remember my "mantra" through this all has been "there will be pain and suffering through the night, but joy comes in the morning." A song "One Thing Remains" has those words in it. We sang it at church today. I don't pick the songs nor know what songs will be sung week to week (unless hubby is on the worship team that week and this week he wasn't). Again confirmation God knows what we are going through.

It won't be an easy road ahead. But I know who will be walking that road with us. And He is faithful. And he keeps his promises. And there will be joy in the morning. No matter how many mornings it takes to get there. 

But there will be joy.

I trust in God for that.

I trust you Lord.

You still have the whole world in your hands.

You never let go.

And you never will. 

43 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I hope the situation you find yourself in soon finds a resolution.

Eileen T said...

I'm sorry to hear that you are going through a difficult time and I hope that the resolution is swift and positive. Thinking of you. x

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I love that song and it is a good reminder of who is ultimately in charge. One of my little grandson's preschool class always ends their Sunday morning with that song. If you can imagine 3 and 4 year olds singing it and also making the signs...holds the whole world in his hands, it is adorable. I will keep you in my prayers for a good resolution for your difficulties. It's not been easy at all here either. Maybe we can pray for each other.

Ann Bennett said...

I certainly will have you in my prayers. In things I can't control, I try to keep in mind to let go and let God work. It doesn't stop the worry though. Best wishes that you find something to keep your mind off the situation and it resolves itself for something better. Take care.

Jo said...

Sorry you are going through such a difficult time and I do hope everything gets resolved happily soon.

Maria Zannini said...

I'm so sorry you're suffering right now. I can't help but worry. It's in my nature. But I do pray and I will say a prayer for you as well.

I hope everything works out for you in the end.

Hugs.

Joanne Noragon said...

My friend always insists God has us exactly where he wants us. Perhaps that will help as you go on. My very best wishes....

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Betty, I'm so sorry you are going through a difficult time. I hope it is resolved and everything turns out well. We are all here for you. Please reach out when you need support.

Sally said...

Sorry to hear this. My positive thoughts are with you. I hope things become clearer / get resolved for you soon.

Bijoux said...

I'm sorry to hear of your troubles, Betty. I said a prayer for hope and strength to get you through this time.

I just joined Next Door last week!

Pat Hatt said...

Hopefully things resolve sooner rather than later and a favorable result comes due. Sucks when the crap piles on up indeed.

Saleslady371 said...

I'm sorry to read of this tizzy that has you spinning, but we both know who can stabilize any attack. He is greater than anything we are facing is what my pastor spoke over us in his sermon on Faithfulness (too.) I will pray and agree with what you heard in your spirit and pray as God gives me direction as well. Sending warm hugs and encouragement to you and your husband at this time, Betty. You will be rescued.

Mac n' Janet said...

My prayers to give you strength for whatever lies ahead.

Paula Kaye said...

I will say a prayer for you as you go through the pain and suffering. I will pray that you will find joy soon. You are always there with your positive, upbeat words for so many of us. This just shows that we never know what others are going through. We should try harder to be kind. We should says prayers everyday, all day, for those we love. I have grown to love you Betty and I will pray you will find strength to carry you through this. Because you are so right....He does, still, have the whole world in his hands.

Chatty Crone said...

I am sorry you are going thru such a rough patch. I know what they feel like. This too will pass and it will probably make you stronger. I don't think God wills things like this - but life happens and I am so glad HE is there for us and will be with us.

Bobbi and Gracie said...

I don't know what to say, Betty... but that I will be praying in earnest for you every single day!! My morning prayer time is the best part of my day. My 'prayer room' the finest place I have ever been... it's when God comes near. My heart is hurting for you as you go through this difficult time but as you quoted... Joy does come in the morning. What would our lives be without God? I feel sadly for those who do not have that hope. If there is anything more I can do, please let me know. Or any specific prayer requests, feel free to email me. I have found social media to be a wonderful prayer chain when used the right way. God bless you and your family.. and know that I am one of those praying for you each day. (((HUG)))

Mevely317 said...

I've had that song going round in my mind since yesterday! :)

Your line, "I read more into things that weren't there and didn't catch other signs that were there." particularly struck me. How very human of us.

I do believe, your hearts will be lifted. Expect joy!

jack69 said...

In some of our rough patches I finally remembered my favorite prayer, saying or philosophy either way one looks at it, to me it is true. I had several copies of the 'Serenity Prayer' in my office. Not that more than one was needed, but I liked to know any direction I looked, I saw it. But most of all, I MEAN MOST OF ALL. I am reminded of a piece of advice from YOU. It is just under some small papers in front of this very keyboard I am using. You said, write out the problem, then over it write 'IN HIS HANDS'.
Sweetheart, I did what you suggested. The answer has been slow in coming but today the situation is 1000% better than it was when I followed your advice.

I have thought of you and the hubby much, God bless and comfort you as a family. Love from Florida.

Lowcarb team member said...

So sorry to learn you are going through a rough patch.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

All the best Jan

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Sending prayers and not giving in to despair is the right move. God Bless.

Linda From Wisconsin said...

Praise the Lord for giving you the hope through music this morning in church. We don't understand the reasons things happen in our lives. Sometimes we wish God's time table fit our time table. I will hold you before our Lord and Savior for his comfort, peace, strength and direction as you seek answers to the situation.

In Christ's Love and Prayers,
Linda

Megan Whitson Lee said...

I will be praying for you, Betty. These rough patches are tough, but you are right that HE has the whole worl in HIS hands. Whom shall we fear? Hugs.

Linda said...

This really caught me off guard, sorry to hear about rough patch. Take care! My go to words, Thy will be done.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Adding my prayers to yours. I hope things are resolved and your faith is rewarded.

Liz A. said...

I'm so sorry. I hope things work out in your favor.

Kat said...

I'm so glad you posted this so that we can all lift you up in prayer. Know that my prayers are going out to you daily.
Do you know the song "Great is thy faithfulness "? It is a favorite of mine. So often we hear how we need to be faithful to God but this speaks of God's faithfulness to us. He is always with us. He has got us. All we have to do is wake up and He has got the rest. Amazing .

"Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided,
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!"

If you are so inclined listen to Jordan Smith sing it in YouTube. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dm-KsLytcW0

Elizabeth said...

I will keep you and your situation in my prayers. I hope it is resolved quickly. He does have the whole world in His hands; I love how God reminds us of His promises when we need it the most! A song/verse I remember in times like these: "Do not fear for I am with you. Do not be afraid for I am thy God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10

Denise said...

So sorry to hear you are having difficulty. I always told my kids that if you can't cure the problem, then don't worry about it, it only will make you sick. Hope all is resolved soon.

yaya said...

Hugs and prayers that this situation will be resolved so you can have that wonderful joy. You have a strong faith and I've found that when that seems all you have to rely on it's more than enough. Take care.

Ruth said...

I hope all ends up working out.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I love when you start seeing signs of God's presence in your life. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Crystal Collier said...

You know, I find during the most trying times in life, we see the most tender mercies. I think sometimes the Lord allows us to suffer so that we can see his hand, so that we can comprehend how deeply he loves us and how closely attuned to our circumstances he is. Sending love and prayers!

Debby aka Coffee Lady said...

My goodness - I've been away for a month or so, and today I come back to post and read, my blogger friends are having problems. I am so sorry for this season, in your life. We've all had those seasons, we wish would go away. With your faith in God, prayer, I am sure He will see your way through this fire.

I have been in those "fires" that lasted way too long - and I would get so discouraged. One of my favorite verses:

Isaiah 40:31 ...but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Joanne said...

I will just use cliches but they work. The sun will come out tomorrow. Hang tough. I am rooting for you. The blog world supports you. Good luck!! Rest and ginger ale- that was my mom's solution to all

salemslot9 said...

He will never leave you nor forsake you

I said a prayer for you

Veronica Lee said...

So sorry you're suffering right now. Praying for you.

((((((hugs))))))

Birgit said...

I am so sorry to hear about your suffering but I am glad you have support from friends and your church. You always have us to talk to too even if it is not close by, we are thinking of you

IntenseGuy said...

I took my mom to church last Sunday as she didn't want to go alone - and her church has a set aside time for 2-3 hymns that anyone in attendance might want to hear and sing. I flipped through the pages and spotted "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands" and was thinking about suggesting it. Odd coincidence.

Someone else suggested "Jesus Loves Me, Yes I know" before I could get my hand up. That song was my father's mother's favorite song. She was a Sunday School teacher.

The power of words and music has inspired many for many years.

DMS said...

I am sorry that you are going through a rough patch. It sounds very tough and I am sending you lots of prayers and good wishes. *hugs*
~Jess

Carol Noren Johnson said...

Praying for your situation, dear Betty.

Big Mark 243 said...

... you are in my thoughts... and I can only hope that your issues resolve themselves favorably...

netablogs said...

Betty, there with you. Life can be so hard sometimes, and sometimes there's not a thing you can do but pray. Hugs to you.

The Brown Recluse (TBR) said...

I hope things are falling into place...some of the rougher spots being smoothed over. I admire your positivity...and yes, He does have the whole world in His hands...it's just not always easy to remember that when we are going through the fire.