Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday Sentiments: When the Answer is "Yes"


Many, if not most of you have heard already.

Dearest Kathryn received a Presidential Scholarship to Samford University here in Birmingham.  While it won't cover all of tuition, the award she received, along with her University Fellows scholarship, gives us enough confidence that the Lord is indeed directing her steps there.  (Although she's still in the running for 3 more scholarships - so keep praying!!)

But that's not what this post is about, ultimately.

It's about what happens to a dry, parched, and withered heart when God pours the wellsprings of "Yes" to water the thirsty ground.

Many, if not most, of you also know that our family has been on a 3+ year journey of God deepening our faith through. . . . . . unanswered prayer.  It's not much of a secret that we've been in what Paul Miller* calls 'a desert experience' - a desert where it has appeared there is no way out, we don't know when it will end, and there's no relief in sight.

But while we're in the desert, we've clung tenaciously to the belief that God has not abandoned us - although it has certainly, to our human frailty, appeared that way sometimes.  We're stubbornly believing that God is weaving a story in our lives, one that will ultimately bring Him glory and honor.  In the words of Peter, "Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life."  (John 6:68)

Which doesn't make it easy.  I've written before about my latest temptation - the temptation to give up hope.  Lately, though, God has allowed hope to spring in my heart - a tender, frail seedling of hope - rooted in Who He is, not what He will do for us.

And so.  When this "Yes" came, this much desired, prayed-for, hoped for "Yes". . . . . .

I bawled.  Like a baby.  Thankfully, in private. 

It was as if the waters of grace came spilling down from heaven, nourishing the seedling of hope, and overflowing in my heart.  And I am so thankful for a God who not only cares deeply about me knowing Him, but also for a God who cares about our situation.   A God who doesn't withhold blessings, but can do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.

All praise to God, who is writing the story of our lives.  May we watch, wait, and wonder in eager anticipation as He enables us to participate in His glorious kingdom.



*Remember how I told you to go find Paul Miller's A Praying Life?  I wasn't kidding.  Go read it!

8 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Thank you so much for sharing this, Mrs. Henriques. It was a very encouraging - and very timely! - reminder for me. So glad to hear the wonderful news too! :)

Athena said...

Heather, Yurii and Kathryn, One thousand Amen's!!! God had this, and has more, blessings, for you, your family, and all of our family. Just sit back and wait. The windfall will come. It may not be what we think the "windfall" should be. In fact, the more I live, and pray, I realize that my story is written by God, for God, and not by me or for me. Never was, never will be. I never thought I would have ever gone to college, and yet I did. I had no idea that I would be a nurse, or that I even could rise to it. God knew. God is able. He has used me to bless others, even through the darkest of my own hours. Dearest Kathryn, we love you, and have faith that God will direct you through these years to come, and give you gifts that you have never even imagined. Keep your eyes on Him. He will always be with you.
xoxo "Sis" / Auntie Athena

Honey Bee said...

That is exactly and absolutely what I imagined must be going on in your heart. In fact, upon hearing about your "yes," I imagined what it will be like to finally hear the "yeses" we've been waiting for...and bawled...in front of my husband...just thinking about the balm it will be to my soul. I'm so thankful for your "yes," for the reminder that the "yeses" will come in God's time (whether they look exactly like we hope they will or not), and anxiously awaiting the big reveal for us.

I can't express just how thrilled I am for you...not just for Kathryn, but specifically for you two, for this sweet sweet answer to prayer. But I imagine you know what I mean.

M. Ann said...

Happy tears for you guys! Thank you for sharing your life out loud, the blessings and the struggles. In all, He is glorified!

Lillian said...

Like.

(Since you're not on Facebook :-)

I will be calling tomorrow :-)

Anna said...

Heather,

We are so grateful that this opportunity was not a stone, and that it has already nourished your family. Rejoicing with you,
The Barbers

The Cains said...

Oh Heather, so beautifully communicated. This post touched my heart. Hope to see you Thursday, its been a long time.

Gracie said...

What a great post! I am so pumped for Kathryn and glad that she will be around next year too!