On our way to the airport early Friday morning, my husband and I prayed for traveling mercies. But mostly, we prayed for Bill’s mom, Mary Lee Higgs.
Since her lung cancer diagnosis last summer, my sweet mother-in-law had been on a steady decline. Losing weight, losing strength, losing touch with this world. Her pain was relentless; her confusion, heartbreaking to watch.
We prayed for healing, but we also prayed for mercy. Please, Lord.
When we landed in Charlotte an hour later, an unexpected voice mail was waiting for us: Mary Lee had stepped into the arms of her Savior at 6:45am, while we’d been boarding the plane.
Tears pooled in my eyes. Was it really true? Could she possibly be gone? My emotions were all over the place. Sadness. Relief. Denial. Acceptance. Sorrow. Joy. And a deep sense of loss. Have you been there?
One thing is certain: God is faithful. He answered our prayers in the way He deemed best, and welcomed home our dear Mary Lee. Now, He is faithfully walking us through some very difficult days.
Like today, beloved.
My heart is heavy, and all my words seem stuck inside me. Thank the Lord for His Word and for your words, describing what His faithfulness means.
“You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you” (Psalm 89:8). So visual. We can imagine Him wrapped in faithfulness, like a king in his royal robes, “compassed about” (JUB), such that we can’t look at Him and not see His faithfulness.
The Hebrew word emunah means “firmness, steadfastness, fidelity.” It’s “an essential part” (AMP) of Him, the One who is “powerful and faithful from every angle” (MSG). If you belong to Him, He will always guide you, always guard you, and always guarantee your place in heaven.
Listen to Sam Robson’s amazing acapella version of Great Is Thy Faithfulness on YouTube, while you consider the ways these Facebook sisters have experienced His faithfulness:
- “No matter what I’ve been through, He comes through.”—Esther
- “He is always there to comfort me, love me, uphold me.”—Cheryl
- “You cannot name a situation where He is not available!”—Maxine
- “Many times I’ve felt hurt and lonely, but God has always been there.”—Carey
- “I cling to His faithfulness like a lifeline.”—Donnalee
- “When others abandon me—when I abandon myself—He remains.”—Kristi
- “What He says, He will do. He cannot lie.”—Emily
- “He is the only one I can truly believe 100%.”—Cyndi
- “I fail Him every day, and yet He is still with me and for me!”—Sally
- “Everything about Him is Always.”—Sharon
Sister wisdom, tenfold.
King David praised Him with these words: “Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies” (Psalm 36:5). Again, so visual, and we know right where to look. Up above the cares of this world. Far beyond the sin that entangles us. Way past the limits of our understanding. Even then, we can’t begin to touch the outer reaches of His great faithfulness.
Thank you, Lord, for hearing our prayers, meeting our needs, strengthening our hearts. You are not simply faithful: You are Faithfulness itself. Comfort my sisters this week, Lord, as You have comforted our family: with love, with mercy, and with the certain hope of eternity.
The above photos and others await you on Pinterest. And you’ll find a link below to Share Your Thoughts about God’s faithfulness. I’m always blessed to read your comments, and even more grateful when you encourage one another. Thanks so much!
Your sister, Liz
@LizCurtisHiggs on Twitter