“How long, O Lord, must I call for help? But you do not listen!”
Habakkuk 1:2a NLT
I’m not sure there was ever a human being who didn’t utter this question of God at least once in their lifetime. It’s a question we ask of God when we get impatient or weary in waiting for His answer when we pray. It’s also a question that quickly identifies our human weakness and finiteness when coming to God. We are simply powerless and unknowing in our approach to know more from our God who is all-knowing and all-powerful. We are totally dependent on Him for everything, whether we want to admit it or not. Robin and I do know, all too well these past couple of days just how powerless we are when coming into the presence of our God. We cannot change even a moment of what our present or future. In fact, we’ve been praying, like so many of you for healing and relief from our pain and suffering. We’ve cried out, “How long, O Lord must we call for help? Are you listening, Lord?” I love this discourse between Habakkuk and the Lord, because it shows a genuine desire of a man who wants to see answers to questions beyond his understanding. And the Lord gives answers, although He is not obligated to. I will admit… we don’t understand what God is doing in our journey entirely. We’ve seen people touched by our testimony, people come to a deeper relationship with the Lord as a result of seeing how we handle our own trials, and for that we are eternally grateful, but we are wondering, “How long, O Lord, must we call for help?” Last evening I was awakened at 3 am to the sounds of my painful Robin expressing the pain and crying out for help from God to alleviate her pain. After a call to the hospice nurse, more pain meds, and a call to a great prayer partner and friend in another state, Robin was able to whimper her way back to sleep. One thing all this suffering and pain has done for both of us is, we have grown closer to our Lord in an intimate way like never before. He has become the One we run to immediately to worship before we sleep, and go to when we have a concern or burden too big to carry. We don’t carry very much these days!
We are believing God for healing. Total and complete healing, but I must tell you… the agony is in the waiting. Robin is becoming more and more dependent on the pain meds to help ease her pain, and I too have had my share the past week or so, as my abdomen, right side and stomach all feel as if I have been worked over in a boxing match on a daily basis. We are not complaining. It’s just the way it is for us now, and we wait. We wait for our Lord to touch us and relieve us, as we know He is capable of doing. We will not blame God for any of this…ever. We know we live in a fallen world, and we are dealing with the results of that fall. But we also know miracles take place in spite of that fall. We’re holding out for that miracle. Please continue to pray specifically for our pain to subside as we face each new day. We are ever so grateful to all of you who are praying for us.
We are also grateful to so many friends and family members (children) who have come alongside us to help with housekeeping chores, food, etc. Robin and I have both been down at times this past week, and neither one of us had any energy to help each other, but one call was all I had to make, and friends were on the scene! What an example of the Body of Christ in action! We are so very thankful, and we lie in bed at night recounting these things, and tearfully thank God for each one! We are blessed, and would never take advantage of His goodness. These examples of love in action show us how much He cares and loves us through His Body…The Church.
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Maybe your at a juncture in your life today that causes you to ask, “How long, O Lord, must I call for help?” I would encourage you to grow closer to Him, listen to His heartbeat, and know the answer IS on the way! He will answer. It’s not always in our time or the way in which we want to see it answered, but He will answer! Hold steady, and wait for Him.
Waiting and Believing,
Rich and Robin