I Lift My Eyes

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

If you’ve read my recent posts, you may have sensed a theme. As I re-read them, I realized a  theme I wasn’t even aware of. Fear.

Don’t Let Satan Steal Your Joy

The Chicken Little Effect

Who am I?

My brother-in-law, Chief, has gone through some pretty rough health issues recently. There were a lot of unknowns during that time. A lot of room for fear. Guess that’s what prompted my posts.

Fortunately, the unknowns became knowns and were dealt with without becoming worse case scenarios. Thank you, Jesus.

The unknown is a hard place to be and I don’t particularly care for it.

Not one bit.

While the unknown can be frightening, the known facts that God is sovereign, he is in control, his ways are not our ways, he is a refuge in the time of storm, his plans are for our good, not harm, give comfort.

If we let them.

But that does not mean we have to like it when we are thrown into the unknown. It means we need to turn those unknowns over to God.

Easier said than done sometimes, don’t you agree?

Here are some things I am learning to do when I find myself in the unknown.

  • Keep our eyes on Jesus.
  • Pray and clung to the hope we have in Christ Jesus.
  • Lift our eyes to the mountains and cry out to the maker of heaven and earth. The Almighty One who sits on his throne in heaven.
  • Rest in the arms of the One who can calm all fears, answer our prayers, comfort and restore our peace as only he can.

While I wish Chief did not go through what he went through, you know what I am grateful for?

I am grateful we have a loving, kind Savior who sympathizes with us because he loves us more than we could ever imagine. We have a Father who invites us to bring our requests to him, step back, and watch him work.

In a tough place right now? Facing unknowns that threaten to drown you? Let’s lift our eyes together to the One who will never leave or forsake us. The One who loves us with an everlasting love. The One who can do immeasurably more than we could ever ask … and does.

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I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1 (NIV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Be God’s Hands and Feet

Isaiah 40by Sandy Kirby Quandt

When I entered the vet’s office with Bear earlier this month, I saw a former co-worker sitting on one of the benches with tears in her eyes. Not a good sign in a place where you can walk in with a beloved pet, and leave by yourself. Been there too many times.

I walked over to Nicole, gave her a hug and asked what was wrong, pretty much knowing the answer. Her 19-year-old cat.

This is not a post about losing a pet. Nope. This is a post showing one more time how God is Sovereign. He is in control. He puts people in our path whom he wants us to interact with. It’s our choice whether we take him up on it or not.

I made the appointment for Bear’s annual exam the day before. The receptionist picked the time, not me. That day when I saw Nicole was the first time she’d been at my vet’s. She usually went to a different clinic. When I walked in she wasn’t in the exam room yet.

Coincidence? Hardly.

Nicole was called into the exam room as I paid for Bear’s check-up. I didn’t want to leave without knowing what happened to her cat, but also know sometimes it’s better not to have to face others when you are grieving the loss. So I decided to leave, praying for her as I went.

Just as I opened the car door and got Bear inside, Nicole came running out of the clinic. She threw her arms around me and sobbed into my shoulder.

Her cat would be euthanized.

We talked a little bit until she felt more at peace with the very painful decision she had made moments earlier.

As I backed out of the parking lot, Mercy Me blared from my CD player…Greater is the one living inside of me, than he who is living in the world. He’s greater.

God showed up in that veterinarian clinic in a big way. He allowed me to be a part of his plan to comfort a child of his in her great time of distress at the loss of her cat. I’ve been in the same place where Nicole stood that day. Grieving the loss of a dear pet. No. A beloved family member.

Keep your eyes open. You never know how or when God may use you to be his hands and feet. When the opportunity arrives, step up.

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What a wonderful God we have—he is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials. And why does he do this? So that when others are troubled, needing our sympathy and encouragement, we can pass on to them this same help and comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Waiting on God’s Timing

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Waiting on God’s perfect timing can be difficult, wouldn’t you agree?

In re-reading the account of Noah and the ark recently, it struck me how patient Noah was, not to mention how obedient.

Noah did everything God told him to do. He not only waited for the day God shut Noah, his family, and all the animals inside the ark, but he waited inside that boat for what may have seemed forever until he could once again walk on dry land.

His total time inside the ark was over one year.

I imagine once the flooding ceased, Noah was anxious for the waters to recede, the land to dry, and leave the ark.

Yet, Noah waited for God’s perfect timing. He sent out birds to test the earth to see if the land was dry or not, but he didn’t leave the ark until God said it was okay to do so.

There are times I’m impatient. Lots of times. I can’t see why in the world things haven’t gone according to my timeline. I’m ready to hop out of this ark and get on dry land. Like my dad used to say, “Let’s get this show on the road. What’s the hold-up?”

Well, it would seem the hold-up is God. He knows what’s best. He is Sovereign. His plan is perfect. He doesn’t want us sinking up to our hips in leftover mud from the flood. He wants us to walk safely on dry land.

While it can be difficult waiting on God’s perfect timing for whatever it is we’re waiting for, we might need to remember our view from the window of the ark isn’t God’s view. God can see all the mud holes that might swallow us up.

He’ll tell us when the time is right to step outside. We just need to be like Noah and wait in patient obedience.

Easier said than done.

Any flood waters you’re waiting for God to dry up so you can proceed out of your ark?

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God did not forget about Noah and the animals with him in the boat. So God made a wind blow, and the water started going down. God stopped up the places where the water had been gushing out from under the earth. He also closed up the sky, and the rain stopped. For one hundred fifty days the water slowly went down. Then on the seventeenth day of the seventh month of the year, the boat came to rest somewhere in the Ararat mountains. The water kept going down, and the mountain tops could be seen on the first day of the tenth month.

Forty days later Noah opened a window to send out a raven, but it kept flying around until the water had dried up. Noah wanted to find out if the water had gone down, and he sent out a dove. Deep water was still everywhere, and the dove could not find a place to land. So it flew back to the boat. Noah held out his hand and helped it back in.

Seven days later Noah sent the dove out again. It returned in the evening, holding in its beak a green leaf from an olive tree. Noah knew that the water was finally going down. He waited seven more days before sending the dove out again, and this time it did not return.

Noah was now six hundred one years old. And by the first day of that year, almost all the water had gone away. Noah made an opening in the roof of the boat and saw that the ground was getting dry. By the twenty-seventh day of the second month, the earth was completely dry.

God said to Noah, “You, your wife, your sons, and your daughters-in-law may now leave the boat. Genesis 8:1-16 (CEV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Life Is Not Fair

bingby Sandy Kirby Quandt

The older I get the more I realize life is not fair. No big revelation, there. Just an observation.

As children we often expected life to be fair and were shocked to find someone else was picked for a part in the play when it should be obvious to everyone around, we were the best choice. Sometimes that same mindset follows us into adulthood. “They got the promotion over me? How is that possible?”

But have there been times when you were actually glad, after the initial irritation wore off, that you didn’t get the part in the play, or the promotion? Probably.

That’s where God’s sovereignty comes in. That’s where trusting he knows what he’s doing comes in.

Because those of us who live in America don’t have a sovereign over us, that’s what our bingrevolution was about after all, it is sometimes difficult for us to submit to God’s sovereignty. Especially when life isn’t fair.

Right now several of my friends are going through some really rough stuff. One is suffering with pain and healing doesn’t seem to be anywhere in sight. One’s kid made a bad choice that impacts the whole family adversely. One is struggling with the demands of a feeble family member and decisions that need to be made. One is caught between caring for an aged parent, adult child, and infant grandchild on her own.

bingLife doesn’t seem fair. Yet, none of these friends are wallowing around in self pity. None of them are accusing God of not doing things right. None of them are complaining.

What each of them is doing is hanging onto the truth. God is sovereign. He is good. He is faithful. He loves them and will never forsake them.

Even when the world is shaking around them.

If your life seems unfair right about now, hold onto truth. God is still good. He still loves you. He is still sovereign over us.

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The Lord says: “My thoughts and my ways are not like yours.
 Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, my thoughts and my ways are higher than yours. Isaiah 55:8-9 (CEV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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