Baby Journey Part 5: God Is Able To Save and I Will Praise

(This was written long before Eben’s birth, but I never got the chance to post it.  It has never meant more than it does at this moment.)

Continually God shows up! There are days when strength seems sapped and I wonder, oh Lord, what are you doing? And, instead of answering the burning question, his Spirit comes and gives me what I need.

As I sat pondering that particular day, God brought to mind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  Three men known for not bowing to king Nebuchadnezzar and being thrown into a blazing furnace, they make an impression and a great story.  As I re-read Daniel 3 however, God directed my heart to the statements about Himself.

Daniel 3:17-18: “If the God we serve exists, then He can rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He can rescue us from the power of you, the king.  18. But even if He does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up.”

My heart and eyes landed on the words, “but even if He does not rescue us.”  Knowing the rest of the story, I knew they were thrown into the furnace, but that God was with them in it and that He saved them from it.  Still those words and that concept … God is able to save, but I must be willing to surrender my body to the flames.  God is able to save this baby, but if he does not I must praise!

Questions had been burning in my mind, but now it was as if God was asking me the questions.  Would I praise HIM in all things?  Was I willing to be thrown into the furnace … to give up my son, to surrender to His plan?  I think the question remains and is continual.  I pray I am found … surrendered, praising.

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