God Still Sits on His Throne

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

December 5th I had outpatient surgery to remove a cyst from my right hand. Although the hand surgery was expected, and one of the easiest surgeries I’ve undergone, no one expected the cyst to be infected. That led to a more involved recovery with greater limitations post-op for an extended period of time.

Two days after that surgery, I was on a gurney in the back of an ambulance on my way to the emergency room for overnight observation for a possible heart attack, with stress test the next morning.

Thankfully, everything turned out fine on all fronts, but this was not the best way to enter the Christmas season.

Something I learned during these two events is when we plan on one thing and something else altogether different develops, it’s possible the most simple words to familiar songs or Bible verses we committed to memory can become difficult to recall.

During the very restless night I spent in the emergency room with telemetry monitor leads adhered to my body, and my recently operated on hand in an unwieldy huge nearly three foot tall foam box-thing, whenever the nurse came in every four hours to stick another needle into yet another uncooperative vein, he told me over and over, “You have GOT to calm down.”

Yeah. Easy for him to say.

Unfortunately, the stress of the surgery and hospital visit caused all my autoimmune diseases to go berserk and flare like mad.

Even so, shouldn’t I have been able to calm down? Wasn’t Jesus right there with me whether I remembered all the words to the songs I tried to sing, or the verses I tried to repeat?

Of course he was.

But for me, at that point in time, I was in a very real tug of war with fear, and fear was threatening to win.

When I realized all I could do was say one word, I realized that one word was enough.

Jesus. Jesus. Jesus.

Over and over and over.

These two situations weren’t what I expected, but you know what? They didn’t surprise God one little bit. And none of your unexpected situations surprise him, either.

The God who is not bound by time like we are still sits on his throne. He is still in control. The wind and the rain and uncooperative veins still obey his commands, even when the only thing we can do is whisper the precious name of his son.

Jesus.

When you find yourself in unexpected situations you didn’t see coming, situations where you know for a fact Jesus is standing there holding you close, but you can’t quite shake the cloud that’s settling over you, how do you get to the other side of it?

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This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.  Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Calm in the Storm

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

December 5th I had outpatient surgery to remove a cyst from my right hand. Although the hand surgery was expected, and one of the easiest surgeries I’ve undergone, no one expected the cyst to be infected. That led to a more involved recovery with greater limitations post-op for an extended period of time.

Two days after that surgery, I was on a gurney in the back of an ambulance on my way to the emergency room for overnight observation for a possible heart attack, with stress test the next morning.

Thankfully, everything turned out fine on all fronts, but this was not the best way to enter the Christmas season.

Something I learned during these two events is when we plan on one thing and something else altogether different develops, it’s possible the most simple words to familiar songs or Bible verses we committed to memory can become difficult to recall.

During the very restless night I spent in the emergency room with telemetry monitor leads adhered to my body, and my recently operated on hand in an unwieldy huge nearly three foot tall foam box-thing, whenever the nurse came in every four hours to stick another needle into yet another uncooperative vein, he told me over and over, “You have GOT to calm down.”

Yeah. Easy for him to say.

Unfortunately, the stress of the surgery and hospital visit caused all my autoimmune diseases to go berserk and flare like mad.

Even so, shouldn’t I have been able to calm down? Wasn’t Jesus right there with me whether I remembered all the words to the songs I tried to sing, or the verses I tried to repeat?

Of course he was.

But for me, at that point in time, I was in a very real tug of war with fear, and fear was threatening to win.

When I realized all I could do was say one word, I realized that one word was enough.

Jesus. Jesus. Jesus.

Over and over and over.

These two situations weren’t what I expected, but you know what? They didn’t surprise God one little bit. And none of your unexpected situations surprise him, either.

The God who is not bound by time like we are still sits on his throne. He is still in control. The wind and the rain and uncooperative veins still obey his commands, even when the only thing we can do is whisper the precious name of his son.

Jesus.

When you find yourself in unexpected situations you didn’t see coming, situations where you know for a fact Jesus is standing there holding you close, but you can’t quite shake the cloud that’s settling over you, how do you get to the other side of it?

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This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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God Is In Control

courtesy pixabayby Sandy Kirby Quandt

A friend died recently. Her sudden, unexpected death was a shock. As her daughter-in-law cried in my arms, she questioned why. Just as I had no answers in 1980 when I questioned why my father died unexpectedly, I had no answers for her.

But what I did have was this Truth; God is in control.

Some may roll their eyes, and say that phrase is cliched, it’s overused, it doesn’t answer why, and I’d agree. Nevertheless, it is Truth.

In an interview singer, Jamie Grace, talks about her diagnosis of Tourette syndrome at 9 years old. Jamie spoke about the cruelty of others towards her. She mentioned thinking maybe God didn’t love her like he loved everyone else.

Ever been there?

Jamie also talked about the comfort she received from her parents and sister. They spoke God’s Truth to Jamie when she didn’t understand why. When Jamie told her mother she felt weird or dumb, her mother told Jamie God loves her, created her, has a plan for her, and a purpose for her life.

Near the end of Jamie’s interview she said everybody’s going to go through something big courtesy pixabayin their life … but no matter what it is, God is always bigger, in control, and King.

Jamie added no matter how many things come into our life that we can’t control, we can always choose to go to Jesus, knowing he’ll carry us through it.

God is in control. He loves us. He has a plan for our lives. Words we hear often. Words that are Truth. Words we can choose to believe; or not. Which will you choose?

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For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalms 30:5 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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God’s Got This

bingby Sandy Kirby Quandt

After the last hurricane hit our area, a widowed friend of mine told the story of how she was struggling to haul tree debris to the curb. She’d been working at clearing her yard all day and was exhausted. She didn’t think she had the strength to drag another limb, yet knew the trash truck was in sight, and it wouldn’t wait.

Across the street her neighbor wrestled trash bags to the curb as her husband bingdrove into their driveway. She told him she still had more trash to get to the curb before the truck arrived.

My friend paused as she told me the story.

“My neighbor’s husband said, ‘Don’t worry. I’ve got this.’ At that moment I wanted what she had. Someone to say, ‘Don’t worry. I’ve got this’, then I realized I do. God. He’s got this.”

Our struggle may not be hauling hurricane debris to the curb before the trash truck arrives, but each of us has times when we want someone to come alongside, take the load from our tired and weary hands, and carry it to the curb for us, don’t we?

We get worn out by the everyday circumstances of life and want to rest. We are tired of the struggles that surround us. We are reluctant to read the latest news. Everything seems to be falling apart at our feet.

bingThe Bible tells us God holds every tear we’ve ever cried and records them in his book.

He is in control of all creation. Nothing happens he didn’t plan or permit.

Everything and everyone is under him.

Whether they like to believe it, or not. It’s a fact.

Wow.

Are there times we forget who God truly is?

Do we ever leave him out of our struggles, falsely believing we’re the ones in control and don’t need any help?

Do we forget to turn the controls over to God, he’s the one in charge after all, and refuse to listen when he says, “I’ve got this”?

We don’t have to understand. We just have to obey and let God be God.

He really does have this.

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You have seen me tossing and turning through the night. You have collected all my tears and preserved them in your bottle! You have recorded every one in your book. Psalm 56:8 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Why Does Evil Flourish?

Isaiah 40by Sandy Kirby Quandt

In the 7th Century B.C. the prophet, Habakkuk, prophesied to Judah about the impending invasion by the Babylonians. He couldn’t understand how God allowed evil and injustice to run rampant. He especially could not understand how God could use such a wicked nation to punish his people.

Perhaps we look around at our world today and wonder the same thing.

We see oppression, violence, strife, conflict, war, hunger, murder, injustice…

Like Habakkuk, we know God hates evil. We know he is all powerful. All knowing. All compassionate. We know all that and it is that knowledge that causes us to wonder how evil is allowed to exist.

Habakkuk took his questions to God and God answered. He said the answer, the revelation, awaited an appointed time. It would certainly come. Wait for it. The righteous will live by faith, Habakkuk was told. Trust God knows what he’s doing and that his timing is perfect.

We don’t have to understand why evil flourishes. We don’t have to like it, either. But we do have to trust God is in control and always on time.

At the end of the book of Habakkuk, the prophet praised God for who he is. He acknowledged God as the powerful creator. He trembled at the destruction around him, yet vowed to wait patiently for the day when God would set things right. Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines…yet I will rejoice in the LORD…(3:17-18)

Oh, so difficult to do sometimes.

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I am Habakkuk the prophet. And this is the message that the Lord gave me.

Our Lord, how long must I beg for your help before you listen?
How long before you save us from all this violence?
Why do you make me watch such terrible injustice?
Why do you allow violence, lawlessness, crime, and cruelty
to spread everywhere? Habakkuk 1:1-3 (CEV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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