Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him?Luke 8:25
Impossible? Whatever! You are the miraculous King You are the One who rules and reigns You are the Lord of everything Difficult? Whatever! There's nothing that you cannot do You are the everlasting God You command the small drops of dew Unruly? Whatever! You navigate the winds and waves You are in charge of everything You order all things to behave Weakness? Whatever! Mighty Warrior is your name Everything at your beck and call Yesterday and forever the same
Is there something you are facing – whether in your outer circumstances or in your inner character – that seems impossible to command? Something as deaf to your commands as the wind, or wild waters?
Our Lord – your Lord and mine – can command even the most difficult, unruly thing that seems as if it will never be commanded.
Remember that there is nothing that you are asked to do in your own strength. All the tremendous forces of nature – weather and politics and human nature too – are at the beck and call of our God. How utterly foolish it is to plead weakness when we – even you and I – may move into the stream of power. If only we will…
Amy Carmichael, Thou Gives – They Gather, pp. 19-20.
My sweet Dad, John Kennedy, was diagnosed with ALS on July 19, 2022. He is braving the most devastating diagnosis that I could imagine. In prayer, he refers to this trial as “My great hurt” and I never want to forget this.
On Monday, February 6, 2023 (only seven months after my Dad’s diagnosis of ALS), the neurologist told us that my Dad could contact hospice – whenever he felt ready. I need the courage to trust – just like my Dad. He is the bravest man that I know.