The beautiful child awakens from rest. Dearest to my soul, loved beyond imagination, we have gone through so much together thus far.
Isaiah 63: 7-9 -
I will recount the steadfast love of the LORD,
the praises of the LORD,
according to all that the LORD has granted us,
and the great goodness to the house of Israel
that he has granted them according to his compassion,
according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
For he said, "Surely they are my people,
children who will not deal falsely."
And he became their Savior.
In all their affliction he was afflicted,
and the angel of his presence saved them;
In his love and in his pity he redeemed them;
he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
A cloud overshadows. His countenance has fallen. If you do well will it not be lifted up my son? He responds with disobedience. Rebellion. Fits of anger.
Isaiah 63:10 -
But they rebelled
and grieved his Holy Spirit;
therefore he turned to be their enemy,
and himself fought against them.
Admonition, correction, punishment. The cycle has begun. We are at war. There is more disobedience, rebellion, and anger followed by more admonition, correction, and punishment. He is overwhelmed by these feelings. He cannot escape by himself. It is too much for him. He has lost his way. If I abandon him, he may never return.
He needs mercy. He must see the light.
Isaiah 54:7-8 -
For a mere moment I have forsaken you,
But with great mercies I will gather you.
With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment;
But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,
Says the Lord, your Redeemer.
I watch carefully, waiting for the moment when I can show my lamb grace and mercy once again. The moment comes and I gently wrap him up with my love. He can feel my smiles now and his trembling soul begins to relent. The torrents of anger are left behind. Peace reigns.
Isaiah 40:10-11 -
He will tend His flock like a shepherd;
He will gather the lambs in His arms;
He will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.
This child that I made and have carried in my heart all of these years is restored to me. He is mine once again.
Psalm 100:3 -
Know that the LORD, He is God!
It is He who made us, and we are His;
we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.
It is bedtime once again and we cuddle to sleep after our prayers. The time of war has been forgotten. Tomorrow we will arise to greet a new day and we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Lamentations 3:22-23 -
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;