Steve and I have been married for 51 years, have 5 children, 12 grandchildren, and 1 great-granddaughter. We began attending Lighthouse at the smaller building to the west of our current building as soon as the doors were open. Steve and I are originally from the Twin Cities in Minnesota. We met each other on our way to a bible camp called the Gospel Ranch. In the mid 70’s with 3 children, God opened the doors to fulfill the dreams and prophecies concerning a call to missions that God had given Steven in his youth. We went to Mexico; Steve ministered at many locations to to indigenous Indians 6 nights a week. Later, in the 90’s we were sent to Spain. God miraculously took care of us for 25+ years as we gave ourselves to many facets of missions. As clear as the call to go, we had a clear call to return to return from Spain to Dallas. We waited to hear our next step in missions while doing some seminary studies. To our surprise no direction to a foreign mission was given, rather He provided secular work and Lighthouse Church. We love our church and grateful for all the wonderful people we know at Lighthouse.
"Why are your cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted with me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, for the help of His countenance.” (Psalm 42: 5, 11 and 43: 5)
The psalmist wrote this psalm at a time when he accused God of being absent and avoiding his cry for help. At times the difficulties of life cause us to call out to God with great fervor. Often we deduce that God must answer our prayer immediately. The truth is that God is never late, but His answer may not be on our timetable. The psalmist believed that God had overlooked his prayer. After waiting on God, he cried with tears as others taunted him saying, “Where is your God?”The psalmist felt forgotten (42:9). However, in Psalm 42 and 43, the psalmist encourages himself three times to maintain his hope in God’s help (42: 5, 11 and 43: 5).
As a very young mom, I fell on my knees before God many a time because I would lose my temper and holler at my children. I wondered why God had not answered my continual prayer. One day, I read the story of Lazarus’ death (John 11:38-53). Mary blamed Jesus for coming too late. (I, too, had accused Jesus.) Jesus did not answer her accusation, but merely responded, “Where have you laid him?” God ministered to me that day to hope in God, knowing that just as Jesus called Lazarus to life at the right moment, God promised that I would praise Him also. To my surprise, one day, my second daughter said to me, “Mom, you never yell at us anymore.” Do you have a besetting sin? Trust him, for no matter what the circumstances, God’s answer will be on time, and you will “yet praise Him”
Father, please encourage the hearts of the ladies to be confident that You do hear their prayers and that You will answer in your way and in your time. Help us to remember that Your ear is ever attentive to your children, but You must answer according to your timetable and your great wisdom. When we question your timetable, give us courage to hope as we wait for You. We shall yet praise You. May our countenance shine with hope as we wait. You are God, and we trust in your timing. In Jesus' name, Amen!
Published on Thursday, August 22, 2019 @ 6:46 AM CDT