Friday, November 9, 2018

When You Pass Through the Waters

Allow me to share from my heart.
Around the end of July or beginning of August of 2010,I was given a special verse.As I was reading my Bible, one verse seemed to jump off the page. To be honest, I did not want to hear what this verse had to say, because it seemed that I was about to go through some very hard times.
I tried my best to put this verse out of my mind, but during the course of the next several weeks, it was always in the back of my mind, especially when things were not going just right.

When you pass through the waters,I will be with you;
And when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
Isaiah 43:2



It wasn't until September 18, of that year that I began to realize why I had been given this particular verse. When my husband was diagnosed with cancer and we were told that all they could offer was to keep him comfortable. I felt like the waves were going to overwhelm me and cause me to drown.
It was at this dark time that I needed to turn my eyes to Jesus who is my Lighthouse. At times He seemed distant, just as the lighthouse in this photo

But as I called on Him, he became ever nearer and dearer to me.Yes, the waters were rough, the waves at times very turbulent, but always there was that secure feeling that I was being carried by my Father.


God gave peace to me during the very darkest time of my life and I know He can do the same for each of you. When you and I cast our care on Jesus the waters around us become calm, the storm within ceases. I can honestly say that such was the peace I had when on November 10,2010, Jake took his last breath on this earth and entered his heavenly home.

I share these thoughts, not to draw attention to myself, but to encourage you that those words in Isaiah 43:2 are as true today as they were 8 years ago for me.

Isaiah 43:2
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.

All photos in this post are courtesy of my son,Steve Hiebert.

20 comments:

  1. these images are so beautiful, so special ruth, your son is very talented. as i read your story, i read about a love story...finding strength and courage when you needed it most!! i am glad you have such strong faith and that it has helped you so much!!

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  2. this is one of the most beautiful post you have ever done and also the most touching.. touched me to the bottom of my heart and I am passing this post to 3 dear friends that are suffering high winds in their lives right now... thank You Ruth, and God's continued blessings on you....

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  3. This was oh so beautiful dear Ruth. Full of truth, full of encouraging words from your heart as to how Jesus has been with you and is your strength since He called your dear Jake home. I am encouraged by your post. Thank you.

    Love, hugs & prayers ~ FlowerLady

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  4. Ruth, this is absolutely beautiful. Your words and Steve's pictures truly speak to our hearts.

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  5. Wonderful words Ruth and a great testimony of how God watched over you.
    As I read your post the hymn Rejoice in the Lord came to mind.
    God bless you.
    The photos are beautiful.

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  6. I remember this well, and still see his face. Perhaps your words today will really help someone. The pictures are gorgeous, your family has a talent for that.

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  7. This is a wonderful post. Coincidentally, 2010 was the year I had open heart surgery. I shall never forget thinking ... as they rolled me into surgery, God, it's all in your hands. This beautiful post reminds me of that moment and the power of God. Thank you for sharing this and God bless you!

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  8. Thank you for sharing this. I'm always inspired by your faith and hope. We all dread the day we might need these verses in a personal way. Mike just had a surgery this week, so I will remember these verses.

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  9. Thank you. This post came at the right time. My father is dying and I am having lots of emotional turmoil. I spent a week with him and then he insisted I return home as he does not want me to watch and be there at the very end. I am respecting his wishes. Now I await the phone call that he is gone. Thank you for these words.

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  10. A beautifully written post with gorgeous photos supplied by Steve and vvery touching Ruth. We can all hand on to that verse in hard times.

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  11. Thank you so much Ruth. It is powerful Our God and Father is powerful.

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  12. Such a beautiful post Ruth, both words and photos.

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  13. I always love it when God guides me to just what I need for the day. Your post and the Scripture are balm to my spirit. This has been a very stressful summer and fall but just as you said He will keep us and hold us up during the hardest of times. Thank you for being obedient to writing this post. Your son's photographs illustrate the Scripture beautifully....

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  14. How loving of our Father to prepare you with that passage before the trials came. Steve's photos are absolutely gorgeous.

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  15. Beautifully written Ruth. The verse that has been my verse for years is from Isaiah as well, Chapter 41:10: "Fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

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  16. I too love that verse ---although we NEVER understand what it really means until we go through those deep, dark times in our lives.... You and many others have experienced the loss of a very special loved one, and I cannot imagine going through that... When I was 10, I lost a very special Aunt... I remember crying and crying after her death. Since then, I've lost my Dad, my Mother, and both of my brothers.. But--as hard as those deaths were for me, I truly cannot comprehend living on this earth without George. BUT---I do have a strong faith and like you, if that happens to me, I'll cling to God knowing that I'll get through those strong waves and find the peaceful waters.... Thanks be to God... Love you, my Friend.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  17. Jesus is The Lighthouse. God bless you, Ruthie....you are truly an inspiration. Thank you for sharing. ♥

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Ruth