The Grand Finale

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”  Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NLT)

Kelsey grabbed her little brother as he tried, once again, to run off into the crowd. They were out at the arena to watch the annual fireworks display and the place was packed with people. Mom had left her in charge of her little brother, Zach, as she went to get something for them to drink. Zach was his own little firecracker and the lateness of the hour had contributed to his frenzy.

The loudspeaker crackled to life and a cheer went up from the crowd. If mom didn’t hurry, she was going to miss the start of the show. The first explosions were set off and both Kelsey and Zach watched in awe as row after row of brightly colored streamers rose into the air from the ground. They started small and quiet but got bigger and louder with each successive explosion.

Then came the aerial fireworks. There were stars and streamers and circles and diamonds. There were even some that looked like a duck and a dog and… was that an eagle? Zach and Kelsey sat there wide-eyed as each explosion brought a cheer from the crowd along with some “oohs” and “ahs.” Before long, they had forgotten all about their refreshments and were just enjoying the show.

Across the arena, Mom was watching, too, as she waited in line for the drinks. She thought about all the work and preparation that had gone into the show. She thought about all the time and effort it took to make this all come together in just the right way at just the right time.

It was like that with her stand for the Lord to touch and change her husband’s heart; to bring him back to the Lord and back to his family. It had been a lot of work and taken a lot of faith – turning the other cheek when she didn’t really feel like it and standing strong in her belief when everybody told her to move on. There was a lot of time spent on her knees in prayer and a lot of effort to keep praying in the face of some very difficult circumstances.

But she knew what the Lord had promised and she knew that He was faithful. So she continued to make the effort and take the time and lay the groundwork. Her family and her husband’s soul were at stake. She couldn’t give up. She also knew that she served the God of the impossible and that He would make this all come together in just the right way at just the right time.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.  Romans 8:28 (NLT)

Just as the announcer declared that the grand finale was up next, Kelsey and Zach saw Mom emerge out of the crowd, with Dad carrying the drinks and making a way. They both smiled as they saw the two of them together. It had been a long time and a lot of circumstances, but the Lord had made a way for this family to be whole again.

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.  James 5:16 (NLT)

Dad held Zach on his lap and Mom distributed the drinks. The four of them sat close to each other and enjoyed the grand finale – both in the sky and in their lives.

God bless


A Stander in Nebraska

 

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