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Caleb's NEW Address:
132 Hillside Dr
Norfolk, NE 68701

Elkhorn Valley Bank
Caleb R. Baber Medical Fund
800 West Benjamin Avenue
P.O. Box 1007
Norfolk, NE 68702-1007
Phone: 402-371-0722

Recovery in full swing

Recovery in full swing

Friday, September 26, 2008

A Day of Quiet

So today is a quiet one for us on the whole and certainly for Caleb. This morning while the family was visiting Caleb, Charlie and I were in the chapel just thinking, reading, praying. It was really good and I went straight to Psalm 90. We just wanted to post some thoughts on a few different verses.

A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.
1Lord, you have been our dwelling place
in all generations.
2Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3You return man to dust
and say,"Return, O children of man!"
4For a thousand years in your sight
are but as yesterday when it is past,
or as a watch in the night.

I am finding that a heart set on the Lord does not despise Him in time of suffering and trouble, on the contrary, I find that it actually through these very kinds of struggles that the anchors go deep and hold fast. That the eternal character of God is not questioned but rather confirmed and made resoundingly clear. How could the God that was, has been today, and will always be suddenly abscond from the very duty in which he finds such great delight- embracing the broken; I think that the one who created everything will not separate himself from his creation but rather searches for ways to reveal himself in it. He is everlasting to everlasting.

12(T) So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
13(U) Return, O LORD!(V) How long?
Have(W) pity on your servants!

There is something profound in seeing ourselves for who and what we are. One thing that Caleb told me this summer was that personal humility is simply having an accurate perspective of yourself. It is not self deprivation and debasement, refusing to acknowledge the person God formed you to be, while it is also not finding any reason to boast outside of what God has done in you. It is so good to know that we are brief, mometary, and quickly passing in the shadow of a God who is moves in and around time. We are nothing without him. As we see ourselves for what we are in his presence, we find not only our true God-given value but understanding as to how to truly live.

Satisfy us in the(X) morning with your steadfast love,
that we may(Y) rejoice and be glad all our days.

Reading the last passage was such a place of hope. God will satisfy us with the satisfaction that is not temporary or swayed by the temporal, rather is fresh and complete everyday. It is new, waiting to be absorbed if we would only embrace it. Indulging in the Lord will never leave us unsatiated but find that each filling is perfect and yet leaves us longing all the more for it. We find ourselve rejoicing in the love of God and not the pleasures of man.
This a huge prayer of mine for Caleb, that when he recovers and finds that there are new limitations to his physical body, those limitations actually become an entrance into deeper understanding of God's love, something only God can give- but he wants to give it.

Make us glad for as many days as you have(Z) afflicted us,
and for as many years as we have seen evil.
16Let your(AA) work be shown to your servants,
and your glorious power to their children.
17Let the(AB) favor[d] of the Lord our God be upon us,
and establish(AC) the work of our hands upon us;
yes, establish the work of our hands!

This just has hope and joy written all over it. As I think that God's plans for Caleb have not been thwarted but rather what good has previously been is merely a germinating seed for what God has instore. We will see God's greatness in this for sure

Well that's all I have to say. Let us keep praying for Caleb in light of the God we serve:

Romans 8:31 "What shall we say to these things? If God is for us who can be against us."

God's Blessings


1 comment:

Katie said...

Thanks for putting so much thought and heart into these posts, it's been a blessing and an encouragement I know just for me to read, as well as everyone else. It's been amazing for us to be here the last few days and get to know you guys and Caleb's family, and to see the faith in and awe of God that you all have, especially after this incident. Caleb would be so proud and excited to see as you said, how God has used this situation to show His own beautiful character even more clearly and powerfully. Over the week it's been hard for me to not wonder at all why God hadn't stopped this from happening, but now I understand that it's not about us at all, but about God and His glory and love being shown through us and in us, and that He is SO faithful. I know Caleb would be so excited to be a part of that. I am just beginning to see how He is going to use this whole experience in my own life as well, to bring me to a fuller and deeper understanding of and love for God and who He is. Thanks guys.