Friday, March 13, 2015

Source of Salvation and Strength

“In repentance and rest is your salvation; in quietness and trust is your strength…” Isaiah 30:15

Recently I was blessed by a bunch of rep ladies in the Seattle area. Jenny had the amazing idea to make a verse quilt for my soon to be baby girl. She asked several of us to pray and ask God for a verse and bring it ready to transcribe on a 10x10” piece of fabric. Saturday, March 7 we gathered and made it happen (see picture of finished product).

In preparation I asked God what verse he wanted me to use for the quilt – I got nothing. I asked again – nothing. I asked again, and again, and again – nothing, nothing, nothing! Graham Cooke often states if you aren't getting your questions answered you are probably asking the wrong one… so I changed the question: “What is the verse for our family in this season?” 

BAM! Less than two seconds later Isaiah 30:15 popped into my head. “In repentance and rest is your salvation; in quietness and trust is your strength…”

Joe and I are in a waiting period - for many, many things.  He is waiting for an internal job transfer to happen – we don’t know to what, or when or where – but it is coming. As a couple we are waiting for a housing shift to occur - but the job location needs to be determined before we sell one and either rent or buy another.  And lastly, we are anticipating little Miss H’s late June arrival.

We have positioned ourselves for progress, for movement – everything we can do is done, all we can prep is prepared. We even have a prayer team in place we regularly update… but, no movement, no real shift, no marked change - for over four months.

Having God say Isaiah 30:15 to brought comfort - especially in light of the above circumstances.  I looked up the Hebraic meaning of the verses main words and received even more reassurance:
  • Repentance – returning (to God)
  • Rest – restfulness, quietness, to rest
  • Salvation - be open, wide or free, (by implication) to be safe; deliver, help, preserve, rescue, save, get victory
  • Quietness - to repose (usually figuratively), rest, settle, be still.
  • Trust – confidence
  • Strength - force (literally or figuratively); by implication valor, victory, mastery, might, power, strength.
It was as if God was telling me to come to him, rest, settle down, be still, trust and have full confidence in him, his character and his promises.  He would orchestrate things on our behalf.  He will provide the job opening, he will make sure we are safe and have a good place to live, and he will strengthen us in the waiting.

Waiting is hard. Standing in trust, with patience, is even tougher. Persevering with an ever present deadline is challenging, difficult and sometimes awkward when questions come.  But, I have a choice; and I choose peace. I choose rest. I choose quiet. I choose to watch God work. I choose to trust his timing, his way, and his workings – even though I do not fully understand his methods, his schedule or his ways. 

What do you choose?
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