Friday, May 17, 2013

I'll Sing To You A Lullabye...

Hosea 2:13-15 The Voice (VOICE)
13 I swear that I’ll punish her for honoring other masters[a] on My special days,
even her burning incense to those false gods.
She got dressed up in her rings and jewelry;
she went after her lovers, and she forgot about Me.
He's brought this verse to me twice over the past two days.  That was me.  The road I chose.  I walked away.  Paid the price.  All these ashes...... 
14 But once she has nothing, I’ll be able to get through to her.
I’ll entice her and lead her out into the wilderness where we can be alone,
and I’ll speak right to her heart and try to win her back.
He knows His daughter so well.  It's in the "down to nothing" that He could finally call to me and I would listen.  Stripped of all my worldly security, coming back around to the same place I had been before.  My decisions, yet again, bringing me pain and His calling on my life, still, had never changed.  No matter how far I ran.  No matter how long I stuffed it, ignored it, believed that dream must have been a mistake...a lie...and in showing me it wasn't, He's showing me now that this dream in my heart, this is not a mistake.  And it isn't a lie either.  No matter what it looks like right now.

15 And then I’ll give her back her vineyards;
I’ll turn the valley of Achor, that “Valley of Trouble,”
        into a gateway of hope.
As much as the devil wants me to believe that all has been lost and I will never again have what has been taken away, God is telling me different.  And this very dark Valley of Trouble is leading me into the future....the hope that I have in Him.  Right back to the verse He gave me 14 years ago...because He know His baby girl so well...

Jeremiah 29:11

The Voice (VOICE)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Eternal, “plans for peace, not evil, to give you a future and hope—never forget that.
So you won't forget baby girl.....

Jeremiah 29:12-14

The Message (MSG)
12 “When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.
13-14 “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me.
“Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree.
“I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you”—God’s Decree—“bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it."
And so I am.  And So He is. And yes, I am waiting.....but oh, how this journey has changed me.  How He has used it.  How even on the darkest of days, in my very soul, I AM GRATEFUL.  Even for this.  Especially for this.  Because He never gives I won't give up either.

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