He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave.
The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away.
Praise the name of the Lord!”
New Year – Same God
Did you ever read a verse and a memory popped into your head? That was today’s verse for me. I can look over my life and say, “Regardless if He gives or takes away, I will bless the name of the Lord.”
Roughly ten years ago, they found three spots on my thyroid. Because of where they were located, I was told not to sing (telling a singer not sing is pure torture!). How can I go to church and not sing my whole heart out to the One who gave me breath in my lungs? So, I sang quietly in my head and my heart for six months. At the same time, my daughter wanted to move back home with us. I’d get the phone call, she was moving back and texts that she wasn’t.
Months later, I was sitting in church by myself with no voice to sing – but clinging to praising God regardless of my situation. That morning, I cried out to the Lord quietly, “Lord, you give and take away. My heart will choose to say blessed be the name of the Lord.” I tell you all this, because when you’re resolved to what your situation is and choose to say these words, there is a peace that passes all understanding. His loving presence overwhelms you and you just know He’s got you!
Take some time today to praise our Lord regardless of what you’re going through. The spots on my thyroid were gone at my follow up visit and my daughter moved back. That blessed Sunday morning in church, when I chose to praise the name of the Lord who gives and takes away, we were singing, “Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt Redman. May you sing it today with a full voice and full heart in total praise to our Lord!
It’s a new year, but He’s the Same God of Job and of you.