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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Monday, November 5, 2007

Thy Will Be Done

It still amazes me how God uses everyday things in my life to speak to me. Saturday night I was awake several times through the night thinking about the "what ifs" concerning my mammogram. I still knew that whatever happened I could trust the Lord, but I was beginning to have a seed of apprehension as I contemplated the unknown future. Sunday morning still found me a little ill at ease. My husband was gone for the weekend and I didn't have him here to reassure or comfort me.

I went to choir practice before church service. The song we were singing was entitled "Lean Into the Potter's Hands". It talked about how we need to choose to lean into God's hands. Only He can bring us peace and comfort. As I sang the words, I praised God that He holds my future and that I can trust Him. He again gave me His peace and comfort.

Later that evening I discovered that the choir director, and my dear friend will be facing surgery as well as other potential treatments. I took the news hard and grieved for my friend and what she will be facing. This morning she was still very heavy on my heart as I prayed for her. She is such a vital part of our choir. I always enjoy her enthusiasm, encouragement and joy as she directs.

I am not a great singer and have always said that I am one of those in the choir that "makes a joyful noise". I am there not because I am good at singing, but because I desire to praise the Lord through singing. My friend makes it even more of a joy to sing.

Because of her health issues it is very likely that she will be unable to direct the Christmas cantata this year. As I prayed early this morning I was crying out to God on her behalf. I knew she felt peace no matter what she faced, but I was not feeling any. Then God brought to mind a song in our cantata this year that talks about Jesus taking off His crown, laying it down and saying "Thy will be done," before He chose to come to earth as a baby.

God used those four little words to show me that no matter what I face, or my friend faces I can trust Him. I can say with confidence "Thy will be done" in my life and in my friend as well. Thank you Lord for this reassurance.


Sisterlisa said...

How sweet that in the midst of facing your own 'giant', you are interceding on behalf of your friend as she faces her own 'giant'. It has been said many times that people don't know what kind of Christian a person is until they face the fire, and I see you as coming out on top!

Sisterlisa said...

Jodie, it's not like you to go so long without posting. Are you okay?

lpa said...

I was searching for "Thy Will" and came across your blog entry. I was trying to find the composer for this solo I did years ago in church. I have a recording of it on my sebsite and thought you might be interested.

Thy Will at http:\\