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The Lord’s Next Chapter For Us

The Lord’s Next Chapter For Us

The Lord tells us, clearly, that in this world, “you will have trouble”. He tells us to “count the cost” and warns us that following Him means carrying our cross and denying ourselves and suffering. Scripture makes it clear that this world is “in bondage to decay”, that sin and pain and death are part of the fabric of this life. None of us is immune, and God gives us the hard truth that all of us, every one, will do be swept, at some point, into the wave of difficulty.

But He also tells us that He is good.

He. is. good.

He is always good, even in the midst of that pain and turmoil and disaster. In fact, the only good that exists in this world is Him.

 

  • “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)
  • “When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.” (Deuteronomy 8:10)
  • “…For his compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:23).

But, sometimes, in this life, we get to experience that good – His good – in a way that is…different. In a way that is unbelievably personal, overwhelming, awe-inducing, spine-tingling, mind-blowing…fundamentally altering.

 

  • “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…to Him be the glory forever and ever.” (Ephesians 3:20)
  • “Then the Lord said: “The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I, the Lord, will do for you. (Exodus 34:10)
  • “Come and see what God has done, his awesome deeds for mankind!” (Psalm 66:5)
  • “Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, ‘We have seen remarkable things today.'” (Luke 5:26)
  • “Watch— and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told. (Habakkuk 1:5)
  • “He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” (Mark 2:12)

 

We are pregnant.

 

 

Go ahead, re-read it again, like I did the pregnancy test (um, tests.). You read it right. 2 years 3 months after the birth and death of our son, we find out we are going to have more children.

And my due date?

July. The same month as Dominic.

 

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.” (Psalm 107)

 

“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.” (Isaiah 55:12-13)

 

“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.” (Psalm 37:3-6)

 

There are not words to express what is in my heart. This is a gift – a precious, beautiful, undeserved gift. It is the fulfillment of faith and hope – it is the resplendent grace that didn’t have to be – yet is. Because He is.

 

  • “He has made everything beautiful in its time…no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end..(Ecclesiastes 3:11)

This leg of the journey has just begun, and there are many bridges yet to cross. But I will be singing His praises the whole way. And I pray that through it all, people may see His everlasting goodness. His unfathomable grace. His fundamental beauty. And, most of all, His incomprehensible love. No matter where you are in your journey on this globe – whether it be the wave of suffering or the mountaintop of joy – He is. And, because He is good and He is love, if we trust Him, we will see the beauty He has planned, not just for the world – but for us individually.

Yes, it usually takes suffering to bring us to His good. But He is the God who brings life out of death.

And now, for our family, that theology has become reality. And I have no words to thank Him.

 

“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.”  1 Samuel 1:27

 

Baby Capuano #4, due July 17, 2015.

 

 

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