Wednesday, October 14, 2009

He Gives and Takes Away

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After Job experienced the great losses of his riches, wealth, and family, instead of cursing God, he chose to say, "The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord."

I began thinking about this soon after Mom went home to be with the Lord. She was no longer here, but I felt the ever-present movement of a little person who would be making an appearance exactly two weeks later.

After Addie was born, the thought that "He gives and takes away" kept going through my mind. My mother was gone, yet I had been given the beautiful gift of a baby girl.

My cousin, Lisa, had given us a DVD of praise music (called My Father's World: Music and video for Baby's Spirit and Mind (The Praise Baby Collection) - highly recommend it to everyone!) put to ever changing images for a baby's visual stimulation. One of the songs on the DVD was the praise chorus "Blessed Be the Name of the Lord". I would sing along with the song until it came to the lines "He gives and takes away, He gives and takes away, My heart will choose to say, Lord blessed be your name." Then I would stop.

Finally, one day at the kitchen sink, I stopped washing the dishes, and I forced myself to sing those lines along with the DVD. Yes, it was a struggle, and yes, I cried the whole time I sang. But after that first time, I was able to sing those lines without crying, and now when that song comes up, those lines have a special meaning for me.

He does give and He does take away, but we have to choose in our hearts to bless His name regardless of our agreement with His decisions. He is sovereign and all-knowing. He understands the "whys" so much better than we do. He eventually allows us to see glimpses of His purposes and reasons, but He is not required to. He is God, and I am not. And my heart does choose to say, Lord, blessed be your name.


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