His Peace Will Come
“ My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
~ Matthew 27:46
By Jill Briscoe
I was worried because my mother, who lived in England, was very ill. “Heavenly Father,” I prayed, “she whom I love is sick. I know You know the time and manner that You will take her to be with Yourself, but I’m three thousand miles away, so I’d like to know, too.” I was feeling panicky, imagining her voice calling for me; I couldn’t bear the thought of not making it over the Atlantic in time to be at her side when the end came.
“My child,” the Father said to me, “I wasn’t there when My Son died! He cried out to Me, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’ and I heard His voice but could not be at His side! I understand what that feels like!”
“I’m glad You understand, Father,” I said, “but the problem is, will my mother understand?”
“My child,” He replied, “it is because I couldn’t be there when My Son died that I can promise to be there when your mother dies! So trust Me with the details and let My peace garrison your heart and mind about the matter!”
I trusted Him, and peace came.
Much later I made the long journey to see my mother. I wanted to be able to share some precious moments while she was still able to enjoy my company. During my visit she died suddenly and unexpectedly. She did not go to be with the Lord before I had witnessed His very present help in her time of trouble. God took me across the ocean in time to watch Him be all He had promised me. On the cross Jesus was forsaken that we may never be! I saw Him at my mother’s side, and I praise Him for His presence there!
Lord, thank You for loving me so much that You would watch Your son suffer on the cross because it was what I desperately needed. Let that awesome truth remind me time and time again that I can trust You fully with the details of my life, and find the peace my heart desires. Amen.