It’s Friday and time to link up with Lisa-Jo for Five Minute Friday. You can join in the fun HERE.
There is nothing that compares to God’s presence in the middle of life’s storms. Nothing. His comfort means everything. I’ve been thinking about this concept in the context of our wants versus our needs when we face trials.
A memory came to mind this morning when I saw Lisa-Jo’s prompt for today. I was leaving the hospital years ago with my dad and brother the night my mom died. As we walked to the car in the parking lot, I told my dad that in those final few minutes before she died I was just praying that God would take her. Up until that moment, I wanted a miracle. I wanted her five-year battle with cancer to suddenly disappear. I wanted my mom back, healthy. But, in that moment of surrender, I knew what she needed. She needed to be with Him. Take her, Lord. Just take her.
Wants versus needs.
My dad still can’t walk almost a year after his stroke. Yesterday, on the phone he told me about the plans he has when he leaves the assisted living facility and finally goes home. My heart aches when he talks like this. I’m glad he holds onto hope beyond those four walls. Yet all the doctors say he has “plateaued” in his recovery. There is no going home.
I pray everyday that my dad would feel the comfort of His presence. I pray that God would give my dad what he needs. I want a miracle. I want him to walk. He wants to walk. But God…God knows what he needs. And his greatest need right now, might not have anything to do with being able to get out of bed by himself.
Give him what he needs, Lord. Just give him what he needs.
Oh, love me—and right now!—hold me tight!
just the way you promised.
Now comfort me so I can live, really live;
your revelation is the tune I dance to.
Psalm 119:76 Message