Thursday, March 23, 2006
We just returned from a Spring Break trip with our sons. It was an amazing week! We had so many great moments (of praise!)...that I was completely prepared and anxiously awaited the moment I would share with you how things have suddenly changed for my prodigal. He was a complete joy to be with. He was such a gentleman...fun to be with, no raging, no rollercoaster rides of emotion; the only rollercoaster we took was the HULK at Universal Studios! I praised God...with every step we took in Orlando...for the work He has begun in my prodigal. I couldn't believe the ease we all felt being together. I took this photo, specifically in front of the Twister ride at Universal....for the moment I would wax eloguently about the calm after a long storm!
There were so many great moments: watching my two boys interact and engage with one another again, having family meals together...laughing, reminicing, and planning; each causing such gratitude for this welcome reprieve. By Day 7, on the airplane trip home--I began to believe my "standing in the gap" days were over. I could visualize his future.....it was sitting next to me in row 21, seat B!
CRASH! The fall was a long one. With one phone call it became crystal clear--his strongholds are not broken. Deep breath. Forcing my shoulders down from my earlobes, I am oh-so-familiar with this crashing feeling. What is different today, however, is I pray before I react. "Dear God, Thank you for the reprieve. Thank you for the work you have begun in his life. In the name of Jesus, I rebuke the strongholds that continue to grip my child's heart and mind." God is still at work. “For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37
CRASH! Is the sound of the chains being removed from his heart! I will stand guard from my post--I know my place in this warfare. I have the assurance of the One who has already fought the fight. I know the conqueror personally. He does not fail. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
CRASH! Is the sound of answered prayer! While humans disappoint, God does not! “…those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” Isaiah 49:23b
CRASH! Is the sound of VICTORY! While my wait may, in fact, be a little longer; the battle will be won. “In all things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37
CRASH! Is the sound of my continued resounding joy, for God is on the side of my battle! “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4