Christ will redeem what seems like will never happen

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Tonight after 13 hours at the hospital, I walked out my back door with my dog Lukas, and we made our way, as usual, the half acre back to where the chickens and goats were already roosting and chewing their cud under the stars. While I was filling up their empty water buckets, despising the fact that it’s still 95 degrees at 9 pm (this summer seems like it will never end), I found my thoughts drifting toward hopelessness.

“How long?” was turning into, “It’s never going to happen.” At that moment I remembered Joseph. I wondered if he felt like it was never going to happen that he would be lifted up and his brothers would bow to him. I wonder if he thought it would never happen that he would get out of prison.

And then I remembered that it did happen. And I remembered that Jesus did raise from the dead. And I remembered that redemption always happens for the people of God. Nothing is for nothing in Christ. Christ is redeeming all my pain, all my loss, all my long days and short years. Christ is redeeming what seems like will never happen.

For 26 years I’ve prayed and pleaded with God to give my husband a heart for Jesus. And for 16 years I’ve pleaded he would give my sons a heart for him too. Two years ago, my youngest son professed his faith in Christ and was baptized. A week ago Sunday my oldest son confessed his faith, and on the eighth, I’ll baptize him. Like the first little buds of spring after a long winter, or the first fresh breeze of fall after the dog days of summer, redemption is busting up out of this long tear-soaked ground. Redemption is coming!

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits…
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy – Psalm 103:1-2

4 thoughts on “Christ will redeem what seems like will never happen”

  1. Rejoicing with you in your sons’ desire To follow Jesus… Praying for hearts to open to see and hear and believe…

  2. Sheila! My dad, who has been an atheist longer than I’ve known him, trusted Christ as His Savior 2 weeks ago. He was baptized last Sunday. Don’t stop praying!

  3. I have been praying long too .Almost 10 years now…Your words have helped me in the past.I rejoice with you today…All the way from India..

  4. Thanks for this reminder. I have been praying for 2 prodigal daughters for 13 years. Praised God when son surrendered to God a year ago, August. So, I keep praying for other loved ones, & grateful for God’s long-suffering love & mercy!

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