Friday, July 24, 2009

What If?

A typical morning in America.

You crawl out of your soft bed and plant your feet onto a carpeted floor. After taking advantage of your indoor plumbing (and washing your hands, of course) you putter into the kitchen and open the refrigerator. Before you is an array of choices for breakfast, eggs, bacon, fruit, yogurt, maybe even leftovers from your sumptuous dinner the night before.

After breakfast, you go to your closet and decide if you'll wear the blue dress or white slacks. Next you have to decide which shoes to wear and what purse will match.

Later you go to the garage and slide into your car, turn on the engine and zip off to run errands, visit a sick friend, go to lunch with a relative, and drop by the grocery store to pick up a few things for dinner preparation. As you slip back into bed at bedtime, you thank God for all the good things he has given you. You tell him how much you love him and desire to follow him.

Would you feel the same way if he took everything away from you? No bed, no house, no car, no food. Would you tell him how much you loved him then? Would you still praise him?

I know someone who did. I don't know his name but I have read his words. In fact, I'm memorizing them. I want them to be in my heart and mind. You may want to memorize them, too. Here they are.

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,
Thought the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,
Though there are no sheep in the pens and no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The Sovereign Lord is my strength.
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer .
He enables me to go on the heights. Habakkuk 3:17-19

Wow! Such a declaration.

I want to be like that, to love God, not because of what he does for me but because he is the Sovereign Lord. I pray that, should God strip me of everything, I could say those words. I hope I never have to experience it but I so want to be found faithful if it should happen. May God give me the strength to live a life that honors him no matter what situation I am in!

Hoping to honor God no matter what my circumstances, Gloria


Sheryl Crawford said...

Gloria, I have that same desire you expressed in your last two lines. I had to face that reality when my health was taken from me so many years ago. My entire world as a young mother was turned upside down in a matter of weeks. Guess what I discovered when all of lifes "props" fell away--- He IS enough!Praise His name!

Gloria McQueen Stockstill said...

Sherri, you are an inspiration to us all. Such a sweet spirit in the midst of such physical suffering!!!