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Have faith in the Lord, your God, and you will be upheld…        ~ 2 Chronicles 20:20

Sometimes it’s interesting how the significance of  the numbers of a Bible address relate to the verse itself.  2 Chronicles 20:20 is a perfect example. 

Seeing 20/20 means that a person has perfect vision, that he/she sees clearly with no blurriness or trouble focusing.  The truth of 2 Chronicles 20:20 is perfectly clear. It tells us that if we have faith in the Lord our God, we will be upheld.   The NLT version says it another way, “Believe in the LORD your God, and you will be able to stand firm.”  What a great encouragement! 

The passage for this verse reads:

Early the next morning the army of Judah went out into the wilderness of Tekoa.  On the way Jehoshaphat stopped and said, “Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Believe in the LORD your God, and you will be able to stand firm.  Believe in his prophets, and you will succeed.” …The king appointed singers to walk ahead of  the army, singing to the LORD and praising him for his holy splendor.  This is what they sang:   “Give thanks to the LORD; his faithful love endures forever!”   At the moment they began to sing and give praise, the LORD caused the [other] armies to start fighting among themselves…they (the other armies) turned on each other.

Reading the entire passage shows us the Lord knows the battles we face.  When we keep our faith in God and offer Him praise (even in tough situations),  He will face our battles with us and leave us victorious. 

What battles do you face today?   Whatever it is, look ahead with eyes of faith and remember the words of 2 Chronicles 20:20.  Then you will be seeing with 20:20 vision.

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”
Isaiah 43:18-20

Tempest is a word we don’t use much these days.  It means wild storm.  This time last year we were entering into what would become a major tempest in our lives.  

The new school year was about to begin.  Our older son was going to be a freshman.  We were excited about him going to high school, and we were excited about the school itself.  It was a school we ‘choiced’ him into because of a college prep program it offered.  We prayed a lot about whether or not to seek this program and felt, without a doubt, God was opening doors leading us to this program.  That alone was reason enough to be excited!  However, tainting our excitement was news that the school board wanted to make changes to this program and force students to attend another school in the coming year.  The proposed changes caused a firestorm of controversy and arguments from representatives of both schools and the community at large.  Meetings, debates and arguments went on for months exposing other issues that concerned us, too. 

Tempers flared and the tempest raged.  In the end, the school board got its way. The changes imposed were radical, serving political purposes not educational needs.  Despite having a wonderful freshman year at this school, our son would be forced to enroll elsewhere for the coming school year.  This was upsetting and angering, but we had to go along with the school board’s decision.  Remembering how God led us the first time, we turned to Him again to seek educational guidance for our son.  And guide us He did! 

Today both of our sons started a new school, and we are so excited and thankful!   As wonderful as this school is, though, we’d have never considered it if we hadn’t found ourselves in the tempest.  It was being forced to make changes as a result of the tempest that led us to consider new options and opportunities.  It was the tempest that caused us to turn to God seeking new direction.  It was the tempest that allowed God to redirect us in the way we needed to go.  It was the tempest that allowed God to do a ‘new thing’ in our lives.

Our boys are now attending a Christian school that offers excellent academic, arts, and athletic programs – all based on Christian practices and principles.  We’re thrilled about the opportunities they’ll have here, but it’s not those things that make us most excited.  What excites us most is knowing we’re here because God led us here. 

When I think about all we’ve been through to get to this day, I’m reminded of the verse above when Isaiah speaks for God saying, “See, I’m doing a new thing!”  God showed us once again that He can indeed make a way through the desert and create streams in a wasteland.  God also showed us that what seems to be a tempest at the time can actually be God’s way of bringing about a new thing .  Praise be to God! 

Are you or someone you know going through a time of tempest?  If so, please remember that God is often at work in ways we don’t know or understand to bring about changes He knows we need to make; and God can bring about good from even the worst of situations.

I’m in the process of creating a second blog site to reach out to others with fibromyalgia.  The name of the site is Fibro Friends.  It’s at www.fibromyalgia-friends.blogspot.com   

In the past year I’ve researched what fibromyalgia is and how to manage it.  I hope that Fibro Friends will be a place for people to share and learn about fibromyalgia.  If this interests you, I hope you’ll check it out!  Please keep in mind that the new site is currently in its infancy stage. 

Your fibro friend,

Renee

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