#USseries 3: I Will Yet Praise…

“But, O my soul, don’t be discouraged. Don’t be upset. Expect God to act! For I know that I shall again have plenty of reason to praise him for all that he will do. He is my help! He is my God!”
– Psalm 42:11 (TLB)

I spent most of my day in bed today.

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I really had no where to go or much to do. Okay so maybe that’s not exactly true. I had a lot to do but I really didn’t feel like doing anything. I was in one of my “I miss my pk moods”

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It was a truly ordinary day.

Until I got the news…
Someone sent me a message:
“Sister x just lost her baby”
“No! Not possible!”
Sister x and I had believed for this baby after past miscarriages and hospital ordeals. When I heard she was pregnant again I was over the moon. I didn’t see her for a long time but one of the nights of #3NITSP she walked up to me in the car and I saw her “very pregnant”. I was so excited. I hugged her, I gushed over her. I simply couldn’t believe how good God was.

It was like a dream. The bump was obvious. Her skin was all messed up but it was the kind of pregnancy messed up skin that one was grateful for. She carried a miracle and we were all thankful. “this one will stay” I said to her. “Don’t be afraid. Just believe.”

It was hard today to accept especially because it was due to some sort of medical incompetence. After six months of pregnancy?  Many people cried. Some sent me messages asking “How could this happen? How could God let it?” everyone who knew the story was sad.
 

I didn’t get the chance to speak to sister x. A part of me was glad I couldn’t get through to her. What would I say? How would I comfort her? I didn’t have the answers.

It took me back months ago to a similar case. One of my daughters had made “a mistake” that somehow resulted in a beautiful baby boy. She went through so much to have the baby both physically, emotionally and not mention backlash from other Christians (trust us to shoot wounded soldiers). Eventually baby came and when it rains it pours…. we found out baby was sickle cell. For over 3 years he was here. A ray of sunshine. His smile would light up a room. He was a fighter, a survivor. He was a reason to live, to be better….and better she became: a better christian, a better mother, a better person.

She was at work out of town when she got the call that her baby had passed on. No good bye. Nothing. Baby boy was buried even before she came home. It was for the best everyone thought . Everyone but her. I called her and with every “Why? Pastor M why?” my heart shred into a million pieces.

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Hadn’t she suffered enough? Hadn’t she been punished enough for “the mistake?” hadn’t she…? I had no answers. I just knew only one thing for sure….

NO MATTER HOW BAD THE SITUATION, GOD IS STILL A GOOD GOD!  …but for God it could still have been worse.

I know that it doesn’t seem even reasonable now to say those words to a grieving person. In fact while I was yet  mulling over these losses.

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I was slammed with another terrible news. Sister z’s husband shot by armed robbers leaving her with two babies. What could be worse? Where do you even start to comfort her?

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Where do you even begin?

For some of us, it’s just another boring day that we take everything for granted while for others, it’s a day that totally turns their world upside down.

I’ve asked God what do I say to these ladies? How do I even comfort them? What do I say? Or do? A smiley hug seems so bland.

If you are one of these sisters going through such a terrible season. God says to tell you….

IT’S STILL A GOOD YEAR. IT’S STILL A YEAR OF GOOD THINGS!

I know YOU SHALL STILL HAVE MANY REASONS TO PRAISE HIM FOR ALL HE WILL STILL DO

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Please don’t let your pain push God out of the centre of your heart instead let it make you wrap yourself in his arms even more.
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I don’t have the answers but He does.

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Don’t grieve like it’s over. For us it’s never over till it ends in praise. It will all still work together for our good. It will.

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That’s why David asks himself, why are you so downcast? Why do you grieve like I will not still have reasons to praise.

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It’s a season of compensation. Sister x it simply means you are entitled to triplets. God will restore every “wasted” year. For you sisters out there in the midst of your pain, know this: GOD sees and He knows. He will yet heal and restore. In the end ALL WILL BE WELL.

These tears are not the end. You will still cry tears of joy. Mary and Martha wept. Jesus wept. Lazarus was gone but in the midst of their grief, Jesus did something that changed their tears from sorrow to tears of joy. It’s still the same Jesus. He gives hope. He will help you.

Please don’t cry in despair. You will yet praise.

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32 thoughts on “#USseries 3: I Will Yet Praise…

  1. Milly. Thank you for a timely word. Today was one of those days for me, when I asked God, how longer will I continue to pay for my mistakes. I felt so all alone, tired, angry. But I will yet rejoice. It is not over till it ends in praise. I will cry tears of joy. God has saved the best for last for me. Good things are happening to me.

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  2. Thanks Mama…in times like this only one song comes to mind and keeps buzzing in my head…………..
    When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
    When sorrows like sea billows roll;
    Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
    It is well, it is well with my soul.
    Refrain:
    It is well with my soul,
    It is well, it is well with my soul.
    Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
    Let this blest assurance control,
    That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
    And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
    My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
    My sin, not in part but the whole,
    Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
    For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
    If Jordan above me shall roll,
    No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
    Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
    But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
    The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
    Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
    Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!
    And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
    The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
    The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
    Even so, it is well with my soul.

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  3. Oh,my heart goes to u all that lost d baby n d one that lost ha husband! Life! Sometimes I’m speechless n lost 4words. The only thing left to say now is… God got it all in control! Nothing happens to u without his knowing. I usually rest my pain in dis tot “whatever God allowed is perfect” I say dem when I’m lost of ideas n why bad things happend to Gods children. God,this Living God we serve will b for u all what no man or human person can b 4u. His name is Jehova Elshadia! Rest in his words. He that has promised is faithful. E-hugs to u all…

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    1. Thanks for sharing E’licious nne…I saw the Tito link from your last blog post ….chai …as Pst.M says…It’s not finished…GOD wins at the end of it all and there must be praise…Amen.

      I pray for those who mourn now, May the Holy Spirit of GOD comfort them with super abundance peace, Amen.

      ++

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  4. The all sufficent God is more than enough in all situation. Out of the ashes of this incidents, i see the breaking of a brand new miracle where in the name of the Lord alone will be Glorify.

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  5. Sister X, may God give multiple you seed and give you a miracle you will forever glorify Him for. The sister that lost her husband. God will comfort you and be a father to you and your kids. I was really blessed by this post. Despite what I see around or anyone is going through. It’s still a good year. If not for God. It would have been worse.

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  6. It’s not the end if it is bad. Only good things remember? His words never come back to Him void. Be comforted my beloved sisters. In the end, we shall all win!

    Thank you Mama for this.

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    1. Sister x is a lot better and just like she’s always professed,i want twin boys….i know dats what she will get now.God will restore the years she’s wasted and for the other lady God’s got it all in control.
      It’s our year of good things.

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  7. And as I was reading, this song just flowed. It is well, it Is well, with my soul it Is well……..
    It’s still a good year. No matter the situation, stand strong and grab ur good tins. #Godwins

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  8. Thank you mama as always. A timely word indeed. I lost my brother a few weeks ago and oh the pain I felt and still feel. Well I know that God’s not finished with me (and my household) and in the end all will be well…………………..And yes, its still a GOOD year!!!

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  9. hmmm….don’t even know wat to say. I’m not a regular follower of ur blog, bt incidentally wen eva I have any challenge and I need encouragement, ur blog is the first place I think of. and today as I opened, I cldnt believe wat I read, it felt like u were talking to me directly…ders a lot going on around me at the moment.. and as I read I remembered dat God has neva failed and He can neva fail. I’m reassured of his Unending luv for me. Tnk u Ma

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