Sunday, May 03, 2009

Isaiah 40:30-31

Hello Everyone,

This Bible verse is very special to me and my family. You all know that I have a grandson named Ray, well what you may not know is that he is named after my brother. My brother passed away in 1988 from a head injury he got in a car accident when he was 17. You can read this post if you want it is about remembering my brother Ray. Here is the verse:

Isaiah 40:30-31 (King James Version)

30Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

31But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.



I can't really remember who gave this verse to my family during the time my brother was in his coma. It could have been my old classmate Coach Billy Hughes, who later was a teacher who relayed to my daughter about his coming to pray for my brother. It might had been the man who came with him. It might have been a speaker that was in town and heard about my brother. He came to the hospital being a survivor of a brain injury himself. He was a walking miracle and a preacher.

We were so close to the Lord. I could feel his presence with me at all times. I KNEW he was in me. He has never left me. But I have left him. Though my family all loved the Lord and worshiped him when my brother died a little of us all died with him too. A friend once told us that a lot of people were questioning their faith when my brother died. We all just knew he was going to make it.

My family slowly migrated away from church. Although we all loved the Lord, we still prayed to him and knew Jesus Christ was our savior. Still we weren't living the life anymore. I have slowly been getting back to where I was with the Lord. When I was sick I seeked him a lot and here I am, still here. I know that he is with me and that he blesses me continuously. There is no way I can deny that with every thing I have been through.

Isaiah 40:30-31 is a special verse for my family. It seems like when things aren't going well or when we need a little something from the Lord this verse pops up. We call it Ray's verse. Well it has happened to me a couple of times. I've been just living my life, going about my day and then there it is. I consider it always a good sign when I see or hear this verse. It usually makes me smile.

So Wednesday as I walked into church I was handed a leaflet that has all the Bible verses and a few fill in the blanks that we do during church. I sat down and started talking and didn't even look at the sheet until the preacher started preaching. At that time I just followed along never looking ahead. As I was sitting there my mind began to drift. I was looking around and you know that old doubt comes into your mind. I was wondering am I suppose to be here at this church.

Now I love this church. Before I started going here my spirit was telling me to attend this church. It had literally told me for years to attend this church. I finally listened to it. So as I was wondering if I should be there, it was time to turn the page of the leaflet. I turned the page. When I turned the page and looked at it. I was flabbergasted. I felt overwhelmed. I felt like standing up and praising God and crying. As I turned that page wondering if I am suppose to be where I was this is what I seen:

Isaiah 40:30-31 (King James Version)

30Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

31But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.



I got my answer! Until next time

Have a blessed day!





3 comments:

Tabitha in Bliss said...

That is such a beautiful thing Valerie. :)

STILLMAGNOLIA said...

That was so beautiful and so perfect for a Sunday. I too lost my brother when we were much younger....it is a tough time...my verse that was given to me was Ecc. 3:1-8. The preacher used it during the funeral...and it has always been with me. Bless you today really good!

Shanda said...

I love how God affirms our hearts when we need Him to.

What a blessing that your grandson can carry on your brother's name.

I pray God's peace would continue to fill your hearts and minds as you remember him.