My Word…

May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word.  Psalm 119:74

Leah padded into the living room, the feet of her blanket sleeper slapping against the wooden floor. She was really too old for footed pajamas but it was always so cold in Dad’s house that he had searched far and wide until he found a pair especially for her. Leah loved the warmth of the sleeper and the purple snowmen on it. She loved even more that her dad had gone through so much trouble to find it for her.

Leah always looked forward to her weekends with Dad. It was so peaceful here, like being enveloped in a warm cocoon. Or so she imagined. So different from the noise and chaos at her house. Leah was the only one of her family who got to spend overnights at Dad’s house. It was a special arrangement that had been made at Leah’s request. She missed her dad terribly.

As she came around the corner, she was surprised not to find Dad in his regular place; the old high-back velvet chair that his mom had given him when he moved in here. Most of Dad’s furniture was a mixture of old and new, various colors and different conditions. The chair was the one piece of really good furniture in the room. He had placed it by the fireplace so he could keep warm, too. A standing lamp was on one side, casting a soft glow on the burgundy velvet. Dad’s worn Bible lay open across the seat. It seemed to be lit up from inside although Leah knew in her head it was just the angle of the light from the frayed lamp. Still….

Leah picked up the Bible and began to read where her dad had left it open.

“The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.”  Isaiah 55:10-11 (NLT)

Leah knew that Dad had been praying for Mom and for their family. He had often talked about how he prayed that Mom would come to her senses, return to the Lord, and return to their family. He spoke of the promises in God’s Word and that what God said was true. But Leah also knew that a lot of things had happened and she didn’t know if anything could be right again with her family. But here was something from Dad’s old Bible that said His Word would make things right again. That when God spoke, it came to pass.

Leah continued reading.

“You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up. These events will bring great honor to the Lord’s name; they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.”  Isaiah 55:12-13 (NLT)

Leah knew what thorns and cypress trees were. She wasn’t so sure about nettles and myrtle. But if she had to guess, she thought that maybe these were opposite things. That nettles were bad and myrtle was good. Just like Mom and Dad living in two different houses was bad and living together as a family was good. A part of what she first read came into her head. “My word…will accomplish all I want it to.” Leah felt a stirring in her heart.

She re-read the second set of verses. “You will live in joy and peace.” Could that really happen? Could there ever be joy and peace in her family again? Could the Lord do what seemed to be impossible? Could He make things right again? Once again, Leah heard in her heart, “My Word….”

Dad came in from the kitchen with a cup of coffee and saw Leah sitting in his chair, reading the words from his Bible. He set the coffee down on the hearth, snuggled up next to her, and whispered, “Let me tell you about God’s Word.” 

“For no word from God will ever fail.”  Luke 1:37

God bless

A Stander in Nebraska

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