Tuesday, March 1, 2011

He Calls Us

Me again...anyone still reading.

Back in the fall, I told you that I was able to go back to Bible study. We are studying the book of Isaiah for the entire year. Because of my health and family issues I have not been able to attend as often I would like. However, I am still loving picking apart God's Word and seeing what He has for me.

Here is a passage that spoke to me specifically. It is from Isaiah 40:25-26... “To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing."

There is NO equal to our God.
Nobody can be compared.

He created every single star. Do you have any idea how many stars there are? Actually nobody really knows, it is impossible. Yet, HE created every single one of them. The fact that He created them is not what really speaks to me though.

He calls them forth one by one and he knows them each by name. You know what that says to me....the stars don't just "happen" to come out every night. God calls to them. He is intentional. AND HE KNOWS EVERY ONE OF THEM BY NAME?! Incredible.

If He knows the names of the stars...how can we doubt for a second that He knows each one of us by name.

And do you see the last part of those verses? Not one of them is missing. Not one single star. To me that means that if one of His children "goes missing" or "walks away" or "needs His guiding hand" or "His loving touch"...God will use His great power and mighty strength and will keep calling out to that child by name.

I have friends and family going through heartache, carrying heavy burdens, facing big decisions, walking away from the Lord...

My friend lost the mother of his children suddenly, while she laid down for a nap.
I have a family member trying to find answers to a medical issue.
My own child has walked away from the Lord for now but has returned home to me.
Myself....I wonder if I will be ever fully healed, will I get to know the joy of marriage again, how will my little family come out of all this crisis on the other side?

Ya know what...God knows the names of the stars!!!! He knows the heart of each and every single one of His children. He is calling to us! What is he saying to you and to me?

Are we listening.......


UL Cards Fan said...

Love the "star" He calls Sheryl. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I continued to be blessed by your writing and your friendship. Love, Lindy Lou

Sassy Granny ... said...

That could well be a prayer, my friend. Great thoughts around a great collection of scriptural texts!

Years ago - during the years I call the Black Years - I remember standing in the women's restroom at work, staring at the brick wall along one side. The thought came to me: "I now know why people etch their names on such places. It's not graffiti, but a way to ensure someone knows they actually existed."

Thank God He knows I existed, and you. Thank God HE carves our names on His own palms so we don't need to find some obscure, blank place to carve our own.

You watch. You wait. The day's coming when you will again soar with eagles (even with, or inspite of one scarred wing).


Sweet Annabelle said...

That's always been a favorite passage of mine! I love that He calls the stars forth, by name, and that we don't even question that they COME! What else would they, or anyone, do?

Thanks for sharing this today!

Samantha said...

That's always been one of my favorite scriptures! Thanks for sharing!!

Michelle said...

I read something today..."Do the right thing, even when you don't feel like it. Pray, go to church, praise, read His Word..."

It's not always easy...but it is always GOOD.


Kimberly said...

Beautiful, Sherly!

Reminds me of the song we sing at church, "He knows my name". He sees every tear that falls AND hears us when we call, we just have to be deliberate and call!

Love and prayers always,

Samantha said...

I love the scripture! and when you went on to say 'he calls us by name when we stray' or something of the like...it totally reminded me of the parable of the lost sheep.

jesus will stop at nothing to seek out the lost 'sheep' and rejoice when it is found!

What a wonderful God! When we are lost, he isn't content until he finds us and carries us home on his shoulders.

Diana said...

I am still reading, and am always glad when I do. xoxo

Just a little something from Judy said...

This touched my heart in a very special way today. It reinforces my belief that He personally collects our tears in a bottle...He knows them all. It does seem like the hurts are deep for so many that we love, but I think that God has something so big for you and your family up ahead. It is so good to hear from you...always is.

nancygrayce said...

I love that passage too! I know that even though I go far away from Him at times, He is always calling me home. These last few months have been so trying.....if I didn't know He was in charge, I don't know what I would do!

Suzanne said...

Yes, I am still reading. Good to hear from you. Our women's group is doing a study on the attributes of God and I am learning more and more about the one to whom I should be listening. He is indeed mighty and all-knowing. I am thankful that He is also loving and full of mercy.

Thanks for shining like a star to His glory.

Sheryl said...

Thank you for that post. With all the difficult things going on in my life I sometimes wonder if anyone remembers me. God does. He not only remembers, He calls me by name.

Thank you for that Word.


KEE said...

I needed this. It's been way too long that I thought about that verse. Thank you my dear friend. I think of you often and send up prayers on your behalf. I miss you.

Christine said...

Just found your blog today. Inspiring. I am now your newest follower and will stop by often. Have a great week and GOD BLESS!