“Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Genesis 18:14a, NLT
I read the verse above. I think what a silly question that is.
Of course not we say. But do we
really believe it? We go from emotional
exhaustion to physical exhaustion and often have both at the same time. We cry out to God only half expecting that he’s
really listening to us. After all,
nothing has changed. Our situation hasn’t
changed. In fact, it has gotten worse!
That’s where I found myself a few years ago. Our oldest was running away from his
troubles. This was not your typical
adult child making some poor choices. He
was literally running away. He was
fleeing the country, running from the law, and his plan was to never
return. I got wind of his plan shortly
after he had left the area.
I didn’t know where he was going or if he’d even contact
me. I didn’t know if I’d ever see him
again. Was he going to be safe? Was he going to have a psychotic break while
over the border? Or worse yet, was he
going to die in a foreign country alone and scared? I had many more questions with no
Through some good connections I found out what city he was
in and that he was near the coastline.
One evening I was up late praying for him and for some peace about his
safety. I had heard that he was visiting a friend. This friend was a strong
Christian so that gave me a bit of relief.
Still I wanted to “see” him. After
the prayer I decided to Google™ his general location and “walk” up the coast
near the border using street view. I just wanted to see the area where he was. But God had something way better planned for me. God
knew just what I needed and had orchestrated an image just weeks before. Just a few minutes later when I was almost to the border I saw
him. I couldn’t believe my eyes. There he was.
Google™ had taken that picture at just the right time just for me to see
him. What were the odds of that
happening? Think about it. He left the country and went to Tijuana,
Mexico and Google™ takes his picture right when he’s knocking on the door at his destination complete with garbage bags that he had put his
belongings in. I don’t know about you,
but what I did know right then was that God understood just what I needed even before I knew what I needed. He was showing me that David was
o.k. I just started crying at the sight
of him for two reasons. One was that I
could see him. The other was that I felt
the gentle arms of God comforting me and giving me peace.
David was still there. He was still in way over his head. He was still deep into his altered reality and in his own way thinking that he could make a “fresh” start. His mental illness didn’t stay in Wisconsin when he fled. All of these realities were still reality. But just seeing him and knowing he was with a good Christian friend was just what I needed.
Nothing is too hard for God. Do I believe that? Do you?
Prayer: Lord, help me in my unbelief. Help me to know that nothing, absolutely nothing is too hard for you.