“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble” (Psalm 107:2, ESV).
Life has been busy and hectic and tiring these last few weeks getting ready to move more than one lifetime of stuff from my former house to my new home with my husband, Mel. A lot of sorting and tossing and organizing. Some rereading, reliving and remembering.
Traveling through the decades of my life, I’ve found items I completely forgot about. A whole notebook filled with poetry I wrote long, long ago in a small town not so far away when I thought I just might be a poet. I was wrong and this poetry proves it. But it made me smile because even though I didn’t have the gift of poetry, I had the gifts of hope and adventure, possibility and faith. I still have those gifts today.
One very precious thing I found one day when I was tired and weary and wondering if I was really going to survive this move is a wallet-size card with a drawing of Jesus on the front. It’s an image that’s probably from the late 1960s or early 1970s. Artist Richard Hook drew it for Concordia Publishing. It’s called, “Head of Christ.” Jesus looks more accessible than other portraits I remember. More like a personal Savior and rugged Shepherd than an unapproachable deity.
On the other side of the card is “My Promise to God.” There are three promises. 1. To love and forgive others even as God loves and forgives me for Jesus’ sake. 2. To speak to my friends and neighbors about what Jesus means to me. 3. With the Holy Spirit’s help to lead one or more persons to Christ.
There’s a prayer at the end. “Lord, give me your Holy Spirit so I may be able to love and forgive people. Help me speak to others about Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord. In His name I pray. Amen.”
At the bottom I signed my name. It’s my young, round and loopy signature from the tail end of junior high or the very beginning of high school.
I placed this card in my wallet. I don’t want to misplace it again. I like the reminder of the promises I made to the Lord so long ago. I pray that He will give me the wisdom, the love and the opportunities to live out these promises. One thing I know for sure is that the Lord was faithful to me all those years ago when I signed this card. He’s faithful to me today. He’s been faithful in all the in-between time. He’ll be faithful to me during all the time I have left on this earth. And He’ll be faithful to me throughout eternity. Great is His faithfulness.
But He’s not just faithful to me. He’s faithful to all who call upon His name. Who call Him Lord and Savior. Who surrender their lives to Him.
One day in the midst of this packing up and moving journey, I’m home making supper. I place a colander in the sink. I carry a big pot of boiling water with spaghetti noodles to the sink. As I begin pouring the water and noodles into the colander, my hand slips. The pot falls and the hot water splashes up in the air. A little of it lands on my leg, but quite a bit splashes on my right foot. I say, “Oh, shoot! Oh, shoot!”
Mel says, “What happened?”
I say, “Boiling water on my foot!” as I’m dancing around, trying to get my sandal off because the wet leather is too hot against my foot.
Mel says, “Oh, no!” In those two words I hear deep concern, deep sorrow, and a deep prayer.
I run into the bathroom, stick my foot in the bathtub and run cold water over it. I come out and my foot is okay. In fact, it doesn’t hurt at all. There’s not even a pink mark anywhere on my foot. Immediately I say, “Thank you, Lord!”
There are people today who don’t believe that the Lord performs miracles any longer. “Oh, that was just in the Bible times,” they say. There are others who don’t believe Jesus performed any miracles, even during his time here on earth. They are wrong. They are deceived. They sadly don’t know the truth because they don’t know Jesus.
In Psalm 107:2 it reads, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble.” Going through a lifetime of memories one theme is constant. The Lord has redeemed me from trouble time and time again. Great is His faithfulness. I am so thankful.