And we always seemed to have lots of people around who needed to be fed. And the clothes needed to be washed. And the dishes needed to be washed. And my dad always had some project that he needed help with. And well, you get the idea. Not much fun for mom. And during my grade school years, she was working full time! So all of those weekend trips to the cabin, just made more work for my very tired mom. But she knew that having the cabin would give us kids a wonderful place for fun that would not have been possible without owning the cabin. It was a sacrifice that she made for all of us.
So my mom was on my mind this week. Then on Wednesday, Susie asked me to give Grace a new food to try. Peas from their garden that Susie had made into baby food and frozen. The second I defrosted the cube of peas, I smelled that heavenly aroma of the garden and fresh picked peas. I was immediately back in Aunt Avis' wonderful garden near Lake Maud, picking peas to bring to my mom. They were one of her favorites! Another wonderful memory of being at Lake Maud! (Bonus picture of Grace eating her peas!)
Then last night, not surprisingly, I had a dream about my mom. It was interesting because in my dream, she was singing! Although she loved music and always sang in choirs when she was younger, I don't remember her doing much singing. She always said her voice got bad "when she got old" and I guess that she was "old" my entire life. She talked about singing, but she never did sing. In my dream she was singing beautifully - one of her very favorite hymns... "What a Friend we have in Jesus". I woke up this morning with that song playing over and over in my head.
Now for the "Aha moment" I mentioned at the start of this blog. This morning my phone alerted to a text message from my small group. One of my dear friends wrote this message to us......
"This morning I was listening to a preacher's sermon who was really engaging with the Spirit and heartily preaching God's word, when all of a sudden he broke out in the song "What A Friend we Have in Jesus". He kept saying, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS. God whispered two things as I listened to him repeating Jesus' name.... 1. Satan trembles at the name of Jesus uttered by a child of God when it is done in reverence. 2. What amazing friends we have as our prayer partners pray on behalf of each other and call on Jesus. That old devil trembles. The preacher said, "When Satan trembles, that is the time to attack him with the Word of God! When we do, he retreats and we keep at it in the strength of the Lord."
Clearly there was something - some message in this for me. But I was sure not connecting all of the pieces. That is until I sat down at my computer this evening and looked at the full lyrics of that song. I knew the first three verses of the song, but don't think I ever knew the fourth verse. As a matter of fact, I couldn't find any video of the song with this fourth verse. Yet it is written in the original song. Here it is.....
Blessed Savior thou hast promised, thou will all our burdens bear.
May we ever Lord be bringing, all to thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded, there will be no need for prayer.
Rapture, praise and endless worship, will be our sweet portion there.
Isn't it just exactly like Jesus to bring me so much truth and comfort in one simple song? So much in that song - the power of the name of Jesus. The benefit of bringing all of our concerns and cares to Jesus. How powerful it is to surround yourself with prayer partners who stand with you and pray when you are unable to even utter the words. How amazing the very name of Jesus is and the impact that His name has for us. And the reminder that His promises are true. What an amazing reward awaits us, praise and endless worship! All I can say is that I am incredibly thankful right now. So thankful for my mom, for my kids and grandchildren, for my wonderful praying friends, for Jesus and all that he does for us, for what is to come!
I woke up this morning really missing my mom. That is not unusual for me. But I am ending today with a big smile - knowing that my mom is in that place of endless worship and praise, singing her heart out! What an amazing gathering together of little things to bring me this message of truth. What a friend we have in Jesus!
Jesus, thank you for using all of these things to remind me just how much you love each one of us. Thank you for music, for songs, for lyrics that speak after 162 years. Holy Spirit, nudge us when we forget how powerful prayer is. Help us to use the name of Jesus to fight off the attack of the enemy. Thank you for connecting us together as we pray for each other. Amen