From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. Psalm 61:2-3
Abby was so excited. Today she was going to the annual college homecoming parade. Her sister, Amanda, was marching in the high school band for the first time. In years past, the parade had always been about the clowns and the floats and the candy for Abby. This year she was going to watch her big sister.
Although there were a lot of years between them, she and Amanda had always been close. Amanda always let Abby hang out with her, even when she had her friends over. A couple of times, she had even taken Abby with her for one of her “mall” afternoons.
This past year, Abby and Amanda had shared something even more special. They, along with Mom, had been praying for their dad. At first Amanda had been angry at Dad and didn’t even want to mention his name around the house. But as she watched her mom praying, as she saw how the Lord answered little prayers that Mom sent up, as she listened to Mom talk about unconditional love and forgiveness, Amanda came around. Abby was so happy when one spring morning, Amanda had joined Mom and her in the prayer circle.
“I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:19 (NLT)
This time of praying for their dad had drawn the girls even closer. Sometimes at night, they spoke about the promise that the Lord had given them for a healed and restored family. There were times when some circumstance or another made Abby doubt that this would ever happen. But Amanda never wavered in her belief and told Abby that God was going to take these circumstances and change them around for good. She said that God was in control and that He had promised and was faithful.
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:20-21
It was a beautiful day for a parade. No rain, no wind, mild temperatures. In fact, it was probably the best day Abby had ever had in her life. The parade started with the fire trucks and clowns. Then came the floats and the men on little scooters. Abby heard the band playing in the distance. She stood on the curb, leaning out to see if she could spot Amanda. There were so many big people in front of her that she couldn’t find a good place to watch. She moved from one place to another, craning her neck, waiting to see Amanda march by in her crisp blue and gold uniform.
As the music grew louder and the band marched closer, Abby was getting frustrated with not being able to see. She was just about to let the tears come when some strong arms reached down to hug her around the waist. Soon those strong arms lifted her high on their shoulder. Perched up there, Abby had the best view of the band, just in time as Amanda marched into view, her clarinet held straight in front of her, her feet in perfect rhythm with the others.
Abby was so proud of her sister and so proud of her family. They had persevered through some hard times, turning to God as their strong tower when they found themselves stumbling. But they had kept walking and kept praying and the Lord had turned everything around for good.
“Thanks for the lift, Daddy,” Abby said as she watched the back of Amanda’s head as it continued down the street. Yes, it WAS the best day Abby had ever had in her life.
“For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:47
Kim, a stander in Nebraska
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