Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail."
"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May your word to me be fulfilled." Then the angel left her (Luke 1:36-38 — Bold added for emphasis.).
In a world swirling with heavy clouds and looming headlines, we mothers hold a massive opportunity!
Like never before, we are connected with people across the globe. Instead of seeing just printed headlines, we watch videos posted by mothers like us and hear their children's cries of terror as a missile slams into their neighborhood.
We feel this.
How could we not?
And yet, we can still say, "But God!"
Over the pages of history, people have faced war, illness, and devastation. They have had brutal leaders and suffered because of sin.
But God has never forsaken...
Corrie Ten Boom.
Or, the host of folks in Hebrews 11:32-39 that we don't even have time to mention whose faith God supported and validated as He never forsook them!
So, we say, "But God!"
Laced through the most horror-filled pages of time is God's never-ending presence. His grace. His hope to people who were gasping to breathe.
So, today, we buy chicks and plant gardens and make lunch for the millionth time. We pray for Ukraine and Russia. We pray for freedom for all, both medical and military.
Because we can say, "But God!"
We remember we ARE the influencers — the greatest and most critical ones. The impressionable little ones entrusted to us are the most crucial following we could ever have. Their eyes are glued to us as we face each day and the mess of the world they hear about from outside us. We show them that our hope is set on something we cannot see. That sickness and war and corruption aren't bigger than God.
Through all of time, in the darkest of days, His people could look up and say, "But God!"
Our story is written in the lives of real people, and in our own lives, shouts, "But God..."
This place, with all its unknowns, is our place to worship. To acknowledge He is God, He is good, and He will provide. This is where IS counts.
And, this IS the place God has called us be, with the people each of us IS called to be, and to say with hope, "But God!"[NOTE]
[Jospeh said to his brothers that betrayed him into slavery,] "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives (Genesis 50:20 — Bold added for emphasis.).
[The apostle Paul, imprisoned and testifying before King Agrippa, said:] "But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify to small and great alike" (Acts 26:22 — Bold added for emphasis.).
NOTE On any major Bible search engine, type in the following phrase with the quotes "but God" and see how this phrase is powerful used through the Bible.
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