From And This Ain’t Hollywood Either
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed. For his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him. The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly got for the salvation of the Lord. You came near when I called you, and you said, ‘Do not fear.’”
Lamentations 3:22-26, 57 NIV
As I sat alone on the beach that night, I hugged my knees close to my chest while I wept. My husband Robert, the youth pastor leading this summer camp, had told us to spend time alone with God, praying for our high school friends. My tears dripped into the sand, flowing freely as God laid on my heart my young girlfriends who “didn’t get it”. They were attractive, popular, had money—why did they need God? They were content to play at the arcade when all of Disney World was at their fingertips. They had no idea of the peace and joy that following Christ offers. I sat crying into the sand, keeping my face downward, hoping to conceal my blubbering. Thank goodness for the roar of the waves and the blackness of the night. As I was crying, I gently felt an arm slip around my shoulders as someone sat down beside me on the sand. I had noticed my friend Glenna was sitting not too far down the beach from me, so I thought, “How sweet, such a good friend.” I slowly raised my very red and swollen face to acknowledge her presence and whisper a quiet “thanks”, only to realize that Glenna was not there. No one was…that is, no one earthly. As a sheep knows her shepherd, I felt a heavenly presence consoling me that I believe was Jesus. As you can imagine, the waterworks really began now. I poured out my heart speaking audibly to the one Who knew my pain best, but to a much greater degree. After all, these were His children being deceived by the lies of this world. I cannot explain how this moment felt no more than I can explain how amazing God is. I will never forget that moment on the beach with the King of Kings choosing to sit with me. I long for the day when we will be in His presence forever. Thank God today for His comfort in our time of need.