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Thank You Lord, For Saving Me… Forty Years Ago

August 29, 2018

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“For the Lord thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: he knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the Lord thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.” (Deuteronomy 2v7) Years ago I wrote these words which are in “A Biblical Journey through the Irish Year:”

“In days of old His children fled,

Through the Red Sea’s dried-up bed;

The Guide who lit all Israel’s way,

By fire at night, and cloud by day,

Ever lives for all who journey Home,

Where streets of gold, not earthly dust,

Their lovely feet shall roam.”

 

Indeed I have known His love, His guidance and His comforting Shepherd’s arms around me since the night I trusted Him to save me, on Monday 28th August, 1978. Like the children of Israel on their forty year journey through the wilderness, I have been provided with manna on my journey through this wilderness of life. As J. Montgomery, the poet and hymn writer who lived for a short time in Northern Ireland wrote…

“For ever with the Lord!

Amen, so let it be;

Life from the dead is in that word,

‘Tis immortality.

Here in body pent,

Absent from Him I roam,

Yet nightly pitch my moving tent,

A day’s march nearer Home.”

 

My Lord and my Saviour has comforted me when loved ones died, healed my sicknesses, been my Mighty Counsellor in life’s major decisions, given me strength to overcome when the evil one placed trials on my path and given me joy in my walk with Him and inspiration through this Word. I have found water in the dry places and honey in the Rock and as my days “so shall my strength be.” (Deuteronomy 33v25)

Perhaps one of the hardest years I have ever had to live is this one – so far; although I am sure that many others are going through the same things – and much worse! I am wearily trekking hospital corridors and sitting in hospital waiting rooms. Helplessly I have watched suffering in someone I love, sometimes feeling numb with fear and filled with anguish. And there have been other trials – too numerous to mention here. Yet through it all, He has “whispered peace to my soul.” Frances Crosby’s hymn aptly describes it…

“I must have the Saviour with me,

For I dare not go alone,

I must feel His Presence near me,

And His arm around me thrown.”

 

Then my soul shall fear no ill;

Let Him lead me where He will,

I will go without a murmur,

And His footsteps follow still.

 

I must have the Saviour with me,

And His eye the way must guide,

Till I reach the vale of Jordan,

Till I gain the other side.”

 

But there is joy in that walk with Him – and He is working His perfect will through all that comes to pass. Through the rain we see the rainbow. I have no doubt about that, as G. Matheson’s hymn describes it…

 

“O Joy, that sleekest me thro’ pain,

I cannot close my heart to Thee;

I trace the rainbow thro’ the rain,

And feel the promise is not vain

That morn shall tearless be.”

 

Praise God, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1v21) As the final three verses of H. G. Spafford’s hymn describes it…

 

“My sin – oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!

My sin – not in part, but the whole

Is nailed to His cross; and I bear it no more:

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

 

For me be it Christ, be it Christ, hence to live!

If Jordan above me shall roll,

No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life,

Thou wilt whisper thy peace to my soul.

 

But Lord, ‘tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,

The sky, not the grave, is our goal;

Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!

Blessed hope! Blessed rest of my soul!”

 

Monday 28th August, 1978 – The Miracle of Saving Grace

August 28, 2017

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This morning I wakened to a beautiful memory – the memory of what took place in my life thirty-nine years ago this very day. Like today it was a Bank Holiday Monday in the U.K. and like today I was feeling a little weary – but my weariness back then was because I had made a long journey the previous day and I was under a great deal of conviction. My little bit of weariness today is because I am thirty-nine years older and I didn’t sleep so well last night! And yet today I feel well and I am optimistic about the future, for I have placed all my tomorrows into His Hands.

“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” (1Cor. 15v19)

On the evening of Monday, 28th August 1978 a light shone into my soul, for it was on that decisive evening that I came to know my Lord and Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ who died to save my soul.  As I say in my testimony, ‘I asked Him to carry me from darkness into His light’…. and how bright is that light!

“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2Cor. 4v6)

“The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” (Jeremiah 31v3)

“The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.” (Psalm 34v22)

Lord, thank you for sustaining me through worries about my children, through the trauma of serious health issues, through bereavement on the death of loved ones… You have been my constant Companion, Confidant, Counsellor and ever Faithful Friend at times when no one else upon the face of this earth could ever understand. My tears of joy or of pain, or my broken heart – You have understood it all. In the darkness of the night I searched for you and I found you and you comforted me. In good times you rejoiced with me.

“The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart: and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” (Psalm 34v17-19)

“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34v4)

Help me, my Lord, to “measure my days” and never to waste time. Each day, each hour, each minute must count for Thee and each word and action should glorify my Lord and Saviour. As I embark upon the fortieth year in my walk with Thee, lead me in the way that I should take. Lord, I own nothing in this world – all I have and all I am is thine, to use for thy glory and for the extension of thy Kingdom. Lord, teach me to “apply my heart unto wisdom.” Still you are my loving Teacher for even after the deepest work you do in our hearts, we never cease to grow in our walk with You.

“Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from you own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Psalm 90v12)

Lord, I praise you for all that is past – and I trust you for all that is to come. “I will love Thee O Lord, my strength.” (Psalm 18v1)

“My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.” (Psalm 31v15)

Today I want to thank you my Lord, that through all the rolling years, you have led me by the hand. Through weary ways and golden days, your loving arms have surrounded me in all the changing scenes of life – and I believe that they will continue to do so, gently guiding and teaching me – until some glorious day beyond the clouds… I will meet you face to face. Oh “what a Day that will be… when my Jesus I shall see and I look upon His face – the One who saved me by His grace!”

In the lovely words of Timothy… “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” (2Timothy 1v12)

“I know not why God’s wondrous grace to me He hath made known,

Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love redeemed me for His own –

But I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able

To keep that which I’ve committed unto Him against that day.”

 

Link to my testimony: https://readywriterpublications.wordpress.com/my-testimony/