Recently I found myself crying out to the Lord with a list of questions. What is happening? What is going on? What am I to be doing?
To declare something is to openly align oneself with a person or thing. To announce one’s intentions or identity. It is about acknowledging possession of and expressing love for.
As you know from the last two blogs, Daniel, Shadrack, Meshach, Abednego, along with many others, found themselves exiled some 900 miles away from home, family, and their spiritual heritage. They were thrown into a three-year Babylonian indoctrination program. The purpose of the indoctrination was to teach them how to think, act, and live like Babylonians. Daniel, Shadrack, Meshach, and Abednego were, however, unwavering and undaunted by the evil around them.
An earthquake shakes the foundation of our security; a tornado blows away a lifetime of treasures; an assassin’s bullet changes national history; a drunk driver claims an innocent victim; a divorce shatters a home. International and personal tragedies make our world seem a fearful place, overflowing with evil and seemingly out of control. And the litany of bombings, coups, murders, and natural disasters could cause us to think that God is absent or impotent. ‘Where is God?’ we cry, engulfed by sorrow and despair.
On Wednesday I finished this blog, and that morning my husband went to his post-op doctor appointment for his knee replacement surgery that he had six weeks ago. Struggling with pain, he had a lot of questions for the doctor and was reassured he was well on the road to a good recovery! That same day our youngest grandson wrote this letter to God:
Kathy Niswender is the wife of our pastor.