Change….Suffering is the path of a true Child of the Lord.

Psa 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Change… what is it?  It is likened unto the appearing of fleeting seasons.  Does not each year herald the dawning of each new season, while it barely whispers its departure, only to whisk in the next with its usual fanfare?  We celebrate its arrival, we look forward to its arrival, and sometimes we barely can wait for its entrance into our lives and surroundings.  It occurs at the appointed date and time like the beat of a human heart, it is a sure thing, we take its placement in time automatically, systematically, acutely without forethought, and it just is.  This seasonal change is something we do not control, but at times desire to do so, but alas it is not to be.

             There are changes that occur during our passing of time in this life;

  • Since April 2008 of last year, an unspeakable abundance of change has taken place since that time within eternity.  Many changes planned, organized, and accomplished.
  • Joyful reunions, old friends reacquainted, memories of a place well loved, recalled with sad regrets of an era that has been swept up into the winds of fleeting moments ….much…. yearned……. after.
  • Amidst the sweet-filled longings of coming home, a change deeply felt and desired. The hearing of the sudden passing of a dear Aunt… a change not longed for but realized prior.  Life stopped, a presence no longer to talk, nor laugh with, feel or smell, part of my being ceases against my will, death is a change which forever dies, in some cases never more to be resurrected to bath in light, death is a curse stemming from sin, sorrow upon sorrow is a very close friend. 
  • Then delightful and miraculous surprises appeared, and unexpected evils arose which caused much pain, emotional trauma, a huge amount of inconveniences, loss of identity, financial stress and loss.   Amidst the terribleness of this evil theft, was change unexpected, a blessing in disguise, a furthering of a faith, which hoped in Jesus Christ.  Jobs gained, jobs lost. 
  • Children, which grew up and moved on seemingly not remembering the few special moments that meant so much.  Memories can be a curse at best, a dreadful sorrow never revived.
  • Holidays have come and gone like a long-termed friendship that has come to a crushing halt! Wicked word “Freak”  is spoken, striking my heart as a piercing hellish fire, plunging me once again into a beastly emasculation, leaving heart and soul felt shocks, of which have not come to a full realization for an expressed woeful cry for mercy and deliverance………; stoic as the harsh coldness of glaciated and blustery driven snow. 
  • So changes come into a soul  which wither ones being and reflects the bitter, frigid and merciless blast of a deep stop dead winter, no life, no joy, anguish, nothingness, just pining for better days, warm mercies, and endless miraculous, endearing and healing love from a gracious and forgiving God…….
  • Aging in years, which was distant from one’s thoughts, suddenly noticed, and it’s the pits.  Deepest fears realized with unwelcoming acceptance.  We all fade like flowers after a glorious show of vitality, vanity and strength, our season is over, we make room for the young with regret. All of those things once shortly thought of now stand before my mind, and eyes, mocking me. 
  • This pain and darkness runs deeper than can be imagined, where is the mercy, where is the grace? Deliverance stands aloof; I am dead.  Where is the life, where is the hope, when is the continual comfort to come? I hope, I wait, come soon revive me again.
  • Alas, answer to prayer brings desired changes, numerous  “truthful” realizations come to light, storm clouds of “chastisements“ break to reveal a calming horizon of lighted paths warmed by Godly compassions, mercy, and Love.
  • Fond memories have a place within the heart to bring pleasure and consolation, other hurtful and painful memories should be left buried, only to be relived when suited for certain situations.  However, memories craved for brings death and an alteration of a life that should be pressing forward. 
  • Certain deliverances granted after long awaited promises uttered.  Many changes painfully, must wait. While others can come upon us suddenly without notice, all granted acquiescence with grace and hope.
  • As time promenades towards eternity the affects of a distant frigid winter season of soul passes, the season of a budding hope ‘springs’ forth with a joyful outlook for a time of flourishing blessings of change.  Renewed friendships, old glorious times remembered and relived; only to succumb to truthful realities of why the old friendships must die with the past, only to be remembered to keep one in the path of Truth and Light.

Psalm 23, is a Psalm which is a promise, that though we go through dark spiritual, physical and emotional times, the LORD shall bring us through. All because HE died for not only our open sins, also our hidden sins, and sins of the future, because HE took them ALL upon Himself, Justifying us through His Righteousness, by paying for our sins upon the Cross, crucifying the Law which stands against us.

Those who truly are raised in the Likeness of His Resurrection, born again of His Holy Spirit, and NOT by the self-willed works of the flesh, this Psalm is a promise that HE and the working Power of the Holy Spirit shall bring us through.

Psa 23:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psa 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psa 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Psa 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Psa 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

As Paul wrote:

Php 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
Php 3:11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
Php 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

If a confessing believer has not experienced this within their life in a continuing on going manner, then one must ask, “Am I truly a child of the Lord”?

The Lord bless you…….
In HIS Love……

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