I imagine all of us have experienced them at one time or another … broken promises. Some unfulfilled on purpose. Others unintentionally. A few, we may still hold out hope to be kept. This Thanksgiving season I am thankful God keeps His promise…
I remember times of grief and loneliness from broken relationships. But I also remember thirty-five years ago this month, standing at God’s altar with the man who promised to have me, hold me and love me. And he has, even when I fall short of the Proverbs 31 “wife of noble character.”
Twenty-nine years ago, I remember standing by a baby crib, amazed that the tiny bundle sleeping there was my newborn daughter, and I was the one holding her and taking her home.
And then sixteen years later when I stood trembling at the window after she promised to drive safely as she backed out of the garage and onto the streets solo for the first time.
I remember standing in disbelief when I didn’t get the promotion I was certain was rightfully mine, but later standing in my new employer’s office, stunned yet thrilled with the “better-than-I-could-ever-imagine” opportunity that opened up to me.
I remember standing at the foot of my father’s bed when the doctor said he had a disabling heart condition but could live four to five years if he took care of himself.
Then, I remember standing at the foot of his grave, but seventeen years later, and flooded by the precious time and memories God gifted me since his diagnosis.
I could name hundreds more examples. Through every twist or turn in life, in joy and sorrow, mountain or valley, I realized I stood on one promise. I still stand on it today.
God’s promise of His faithfulness.
In the words of R. Kelso Carter’s beloved hymn, I am…
Standing on the promises that cannot fail, when the howling storms of doubt and fear assail, by the living Word of God I shall prevail, standing on the promises of God.
“I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.” (Genesis 28:15, NLT)
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