Since I often talk about the importance of getting into the Word, I started a series where I share one scripture or passage of scripture each Wednesday (and let's be honest, maybe Thursday or even Friday) and talk about why it has meant so much to me. I hope it encourages you to get into the Word and to use these scriptures as starting points perhaps, but to also find meaningful things in the Bible on your own as well.
Ever since my first miscarriage I feel like I've been on a roller coaster; highs and lows that I feel are out of my control. But I've noticed there is one thing that keeps me stable, and that is God's Word. Hebrews 4:12 says that it is ALIVE, meaning that we can interact and engage with it! When you open His Word with an open mind, He will fill it as you read and you will walk away feeling encouraged, challenged, peaceful, and joyful no matter your earthly circumstances!
But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior...
| ISAIAH 43:1-3 |
I love the bold promises found in this passage of Isaiah. As I was meditating on these verses this morning and thinking about what I may write about, my mind immediately went to flash floods for some reason. Like the name suggests, flash floods happen really quickly and are super dangerous. They blindside you and take over everything in their path before you even have time to react.
But these scriptures promise us that the waters will not overwhelm us!
They will rise, they will get crazy violent and unpredictable at times, but they will not overtake us. They will not pull us under because we have been called out by name by the God of the universe. He knows you better than you know yourself. Every single thing about you is known unto Him because He created and formed you. He knows exactly where you are every moment of every day and He doesn't just know where you are physically; He knows where you are spiritually and emotionally, too. He knows where your heart is.
When the waters come crashing in around you and you feel lost, God sees you. He knows where the waters came from and where they are going. He knows how deep they are and how long they will last. I find it very comforting to know that in the midst of a storm or fiery trial, He hasn't left, He knows exactly where I am. He may be silent, but He is there.
After my first miscarriage I had a million questions running through my mind. I wondered:
"Did my child's life count?"
"Was she around long enough for God to know about her?"
"Was I considered her mom even though she was gone so soon?"
These questions plagued me and left me in agony. If you've experienced a miscarriage you've probably asked some of these same questions because we long for our children's lives to have meaning; they mean so much to us and their short precious little lives changed our's.
I don't remember how I came across this scripture after my miscarriage, but it has been a balm to my hurting heart. In the very first verse I am reassured that my child was created and formed by God, just like Psalm 139:13-16 declares. And not only that, He knows my child's name. I felt awkward naming my child in the beginning. I felt dumb and like people would judge me for doing so, but naming our children lost to miscarriage brings dignity to their lives. I don't use their names often, but it brings so much comfort to know that they have a name and that the God of the universe knows them by that name.
As I continue into the second and third verses I am quickly reminded that even though I have lost my babies and it feels like a storm has taken over my life, God is with me in the midst of the storm. When it feels like your boat is getting weighed down with all of the water and starting to sink, He's there with you scooping some of the water out. When the heat of the trial becomes too intense, He calls you near and keeps you safe in the protection of His shadow.
Sometimes it takes storms like these to remind us that He is our one and only true Savior.
Past Wednesdays In The Word:
Week Twenty-Five: Genesis 39:21
Love a Bible for a Friend:
Don't forget to check out what my friend Anne Marie is doing over at The Loved Bible Project! She wrote this sweet post about my weekly scripture posts and how we are teaming up! Each week I will continue to post about a scripture that has helped me in my time of loss and Anne Marie is going to make a free printable that you can find in her Resources page! We encourage you to print it out and spend time soaking in God's Word as you decorate it and then include it in your own Bible or start working on a Loved Bible for a loved one!