Last night I came home and searched! I searched and searched for my missing Bible. I knew where is wasn't and yet I looked in all of those places again. In my frantic, "where could it be?" a moment of pause washed over me. Be still... you know where it is... think... Oh, yes... we got new material at church Sunday, check the box. I opened the box and there it was, waiting to be found.
Waiting to be found.
Is it silly that a book means so much?
Moments in life when you can't speak the thoughts you are thinking. Moments when you just can't pick up the phone to call mom or a friend. Moments you can't tell anyone... but you know God already knows. Those moments are all in my book.
James lists the trials... That is where I started and then made my way over to 1 Peter on January 8, 2013. That is when my son had his first surgery. Only to repair a hernia, a simple procedure that the surgeon had done many times. To this mom, however, he'd never done it on my son! Will there be complications, will he survive? Did we just celebrate our last Christmas with our son? Paralyzing fear made its way in, took root and grabbed hold. I spent time in prayer and found 1 Peter 5:13-15.
13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing Psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with the oil in the name of the Lord. 15 and the prayer of the faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
February 28, 2013, in the middle of my husbands job loss last year, the struggle to find new work and pending changes at my job it was hard not to feel tested and tried beyond what we could handle.
Hebrews 12: 5- 6 5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: "My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord. Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by him. 6 For whom the Lord loves he chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives."
And at the conference last March hearing the words from Ephesians 6:17-18 17 From now on, let no one trouble me, for I BEAR in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
Those and others... all defining moments for me that I would have lost.
Waiting to be found. Waiting to be found. Waiting to be found.
Moments waiting to be found my friends. Hope , faith, love... answers to prayers, concerns we take to God and he delivers us answers waiting to be found in scripture.
I am found... and so is my Bible.