“Every word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. (Proverbs 30:5. ESV.)
I have found whenever God includes me in a work of His I can expect to learn something and receive an unbelievable blessing! No matter what this might entail (an adoption, custody battle, sick child, church split, tribulation, etc.) the above can be said.
The most recent blessing came to me on Tuesday when a loved one shared her wonderful news! After a long, roller coaster ride of a custody battle for her granddaughter, God provided her with full custody in the form of an order from a judge…a judge who was most skeptical and seemingly unwilling to listen. The child, so small and unable to verbalize what it was like in each household was at the mercy of the court. But my loved one never stopped having faith in God and His grace!
My roll in the whole thing, though very small, still gave me insight to the situation, the heartache, and the fear of the unknown (though my loved one has favor with an all-knowing God). He had it all under control despite the fact that we (this side of heaven) had no clue as to why certain things had to happen. Our sovereign King, of course, saw the whole picture. He could have stopped the battle in its tracks but did not. And boy, to God be the glory!
Along the way my loved one and her family rose to great heights and plummeted into deep valleys. We watched helplessly as a court ordered a small child back and forth between households over hundreds of miles. The good fight was exhausting and seemed endless. It looked as though God was going to have to move mountains. Some days there was great urgency and other days of long waiting. Documents and history were reviewed with wisdom and discernment. Witnesses came forward. Many prayed for the child and the family.
Then finally, although seemingly impossible, the court reached a decision. God allowed tribulation and despair for a season...
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” (1 Peter 5:10. ESV.)
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (1 Timothy 6:12. ESV.)
Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21. ESV.)
...yet was (of course) victorious! This beautiful blessing has given me great encouragement and reassurance in my own tribulation. God has not and will not leave me nor forsake me (Deuteronomy 31:8).