“O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!” -Psalm 8:1

 

A wintry grey December sky draws my interest today. Interesting because although it is seasonally normal elsewhere, it is an unusual sight here in the Arizona desert. I’m reminded that God allows, even ordains, the unexpected. Looking back at what God has allowed me to experience, what at first appeared as unusual and stormy weather seems normal and understandable from a different distance and perspective.

 

Only God designs and orchestrates the circumstances that serve to grow the faith of millions of His children, and combines all into a grand drama that demonstrates His glory and grace. Our most human response to unexpected crisis or suffering typically asks, “Where is God?”, and perhaps concludes, “I am alone.” Amazingly, in my recent experience of suffering through illness, as some of the earthly things I held dear have been involuntarily stripped away, I have become more convinced of God’s unfailing love for me.

 

I am certain that the Creator God provides, by grace, that I do not fall away in disbelief or despair, but am increasingly reassured of His love. In Romans 8:38, 39, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” So I will end this series of columns where we began, in praise of the grace of the Creator God. In praise of His unmerited favor toward us in Christ.

 

Surely there is joy in serving Him. I rejoice in the privilege of serving Him alongside my fellow servants at Heart and Seoul Gospel Ministries.

I rejoice to behold the winter sky. My heart sings with the words of Psalm 8, “O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth”

 

Sooin Mimi Hughes

 

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