Thursday, October 27, 2016

Daddy's Comfort

When in the middle of something you think you can't do, or just don't want to deal with, it's pretty difficult to realize that any good will ever come from it...or that you will even be able to do it. Take for instance that high school biology bug collection. Ewwww. No way was I going to look for bugs, let alone catch them. Yuck. And then, kill them? Not squishing them, which is what I wanted to do, but killing them so you could display them. What?? That meant I might have to touch them. Oh my. My heart still palpitates thinking about it. You know what? I got it done. And survived!!

What about learning to drive the three on a tree pickup truck?  "Daddy, I can't."  But I did. What about dealing with losing Momma. I was only eighteen. I was too young. "I can't do this." But I did.

The "I can'ts" are what tries to slip out of my mouth every time something that appears too hard for me. Those are the times when memories from my Daddy flood my mind. He would always tell me "Gayle Marie, can't never got nothing done!" If he said that to me once, he said it a thousand times!!

My Daddy was an encourager. He was so gentle and kind. He always would see the best in me...even when I didn't. Daddy wanted me to realize that it was all in my attitude. The way I perceived the situation. A decision. A choice. When I wanted to say "I can't", he would always whisper "you can."

Of course, what my Daddy was quietly teaching me was exactly the same lesson my Heavenly Daddy teaches me...every day. Those were hard things. Tough things. Things I didn't want to have to do. But my Daddy comforted me. He walked beside me. He encouraged me. He prodded me when the "I can'ts" reared their ugly head.

So does Abba Daddy. He's right here. All the time. When sickness comes that I don't understand, He whispers ever so sweetly to me "Gayle, you can do this. If you'll trust Me, you'll be just fine." When a marriage of 27 years falls apart, He is right there saying "you can" even before I have the opportunity to utter I can't. When your grandsons become ill and you can't make it all go away, He gently speaks to my heart "it will all be ok".  Even when I don't understand how, I trust He can.

You know what? He's right. When I choose to trust Him. When I choose to go to the Word. When I choose to surround myself with friends that will point me to Him. When I choose to say "I can...with His help".

This is the ever so sweet part about it all. He doesn't make me do it all alone. In Psalm 40 verse 2 (NLT) it says "He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along." ‭Not only does He pull us out of the pit, He steadies us as we walk along!! How exciting is that? And, to top it off, He brings others alongside us who have experienced similar things. They relate accounts of the Lord being and continuing to be, faithful to them. How He comforted them. How Abba Daddy walked beside them. And, they sweetly whisper to me that He will comfort me with the same comfort He gave them as He wrapped them in His arms. When my marriage crumbled, He surrounded me with friends who truly understood. They had been there. Felt the same hurts. Rejection. Loneliness. As the diagnosis of cancer bombarded me, not only did He whisper sweet encouragement and hope to me, but he also brought a great friend alongside me who had walked through cancer ten years earlier. She walked, and continues, to walk with me even now.

The decision in front of me each of those times was to choose to run straight to Him and allow His comfort and the comfort of precious friends and family to engulf me, or choose to be hard and bitter. I'll take Abba Daddy's comfort any day!! He has steadied me every step of the way these past few years after pulling me from those pits. And, you know what? I've been able to share the same comfort with so many others that He has lavished on me. Isn't God good like that? Using something that was a rough season for me to encourage someone else.

I'm quite certain there will be more days ahead where "I can't" wants to spill out of my mouth. However, I can be certain by pondering all the experiences when I chose "I can" and reflect on the times of being in my Daddy's arms, everything will be all right.

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort from which we ourselves are comforted by God." 2 Corinthians 2:3-4