He is Faithful in all Seasons

A note from Janine schultz

It’s so hard to believe that we’re already well into the second month of the New Year!

But no matter what time it is or what season we are in, it is always the right time to say a huge

“THANK YOU!”

We at By Peaceful Waters highly value our partnership with all of our church and community partners!  We could not do this work of offering healing to those who are in emotional and spiritual pain without your generous support in your spiritual prayer covering over our work, in the provision of office space in your beautiful facilities and also in the subsidizing of some of your members who are not able to afford the cost of counselling.

Thank you so much to our Church and Community Partners for their continued gracious and generous support to BPW as we minister to the Body of Christ in partnership with you.

New beginnings always bring about different changes, opportunities for new growth and varying seasons in our lives.

Perhaps you are in a season of rich fruitfulness, harvesting great abundance with joy – you have worked long and hard and your cup is overflowing.  Or you may be in a time of painstaking planting, realizing that what you are now doing will take a long time of patience and perseverance, stretching out along a horizon where you will not see any change soon.

You may be in a winter season where nothing seems to be happening on the surface of your life at all, but way below the obvious and observable, deep stirrings are occurring, preparing for delightful manifestation at exactly the right time.

You may also be in a very difficult, thorny period, learning lessons only through hardship and trials.  This is where I happen to be right now, and I take hope and comfort in the words of Hebrews 5:8, that even though Jesus was God’s Son, He learned obedience through the things He suffered.  So as His sons and daughters we also learn through the messiness of the struggle.

But wherever we are, we are exactly where He intends us to be since He has promised to work out the outcome of any particular state of affairs in which we may find ourselves, for our good and for His glory.

And wherever we are, we are never alone since the Living One who loves us completely and sees us entirely has promised to always be with us.

Because you all mean so much to us at BPW I felt led to share with you how the Lord has been personally working through my life the last few weeks.

On Sunday evening of January 27th I took a nasty tumble on my stairs at home and messed up my left foot quite badly.  I assumed it was a very bad sprain so went to bed.  By Monday morning it had really swollen, and I was in a lot of pain.  Bob took me in to Emergency at the Stratford Hospital, and after a very long day and X-rays and a CT scan, they found that my foot is broken in 2 places with a lot of shattered bones joining where the breaks are.  They informed me that I would very likely need surgery.

They put on a plaster cast and sent me home to rest with my foot elevated, directing me to return the next Monday February 4th, when they would remove the cast, take more pictures and see whether or not they would have to do surgery.

While I was lying on my stomach with my face in my pillow as they put the cast on my foot, I was praying and asking the Lord what was happening.

You know what it’s like when you’re at the verge of the cliff of self-pity, ready to fall into the pit of despair.  I was shedding some tears into the pillow and beginning to feel sorry for myself as I asked Him those dreaded “why” questions.

Just like that He zinged His arrow straight into my heart.  He reminded me that He had knit me together in my mother’s womb, so He could also knit and repair my broken and shattered bones.

My response was immediate.  I silently declared, “Yes, You CAN do that!  Of COURSE You can!  I choose to believe You and trust You with the bigger picture here.”

He then reminded me of Isaiah 43:1-7 where He promises that through the water and fire we will not drown or get burned, that He always loves us, no matter what, that He will never leave us, and that He will glorify Himself through us, no matter what is happening.

So I agreed with Him and told Him that I wanted Him to glorify Himself through me in whatever ways He had in mind.

The next few days as I rested, prayed, texted and talked with friends and family, and had a few telephone sessions with clients, I sensed that He was encouraging me to ask Him for a miracle for my appointment on Monday.  Many agreed with me, that when I returned Monday for an assessment they would find that my bones were healed and that I wouldn’t need surgery!

During that week He was so faithful in answering prayers since I was able to sleep very well and experienced little to no pain, without needing any pain medication at all.

When I saw the surgeon on Monday the 4th, he did not take any new pictures of my foot.  He removed the cast, examined my foot, had a new cast put on, and planned to schedule surgery in a last minute slot for Wednesday or Thursday of this week.

He informed me that I will have a 10 week recovery process with no weight on my foot.  So that means that I’ll be on crutches for awhile (until just after Easter) and having some enforced rest time.

I truly believe that anything can happen between now and the surgery date which has now been officially scheduled for Wednesday February 13th at 1:00 pm.  So please trust and pray with me for the healing and knitting together of my bones since our God is the God of the impossible!

And if He chooses for me to go the route of surgery then He will still be glorified in my life!  He is my healer – either miraculously or through the hands of our wonderful medical profession.

He is intimate and He is sovereign, so I know that I’ll be able to spend more time with Him and allow Him to heal my heart in greater and deeper ways.   I’m looking forward to spending more time with my precious Lord!

In this past week and a half He has also been showing me that this breaking in my bones is also attached to a greater healing in my heart that He wants to lead me into in a much deeper way.

So I’m saying “YES” to Him in whatever ways that He wants to glorify Himself in and through my accident.  He is a restorer of breaks and breaches and redeems our pasts so incredibly.  He is going to use this in far-reaching ways.  Praise His Name!  So please pray that as He heals my bones, He will do further surgery on my heart.

I also think I’ll get a lot of writing done, so please pray for anointing as I spend time with the Lord, doing these tasks that He has called me to do.

In these different seasons of our lives He does glorify Himself through us, not always in ways of our choosing or liking.  Sometimes curves get thrown at us that we are totally not expecting.  However, no matter what happens to us or where we’re at, He always promises that He WILL accomplish ALL that concerns us (Psalm 138:8).

We all have experienced our faithful Heavenly Father’s rich and wondrous blessings in various ways through the ups and downs of life, and we can choose to trust that we will discover the unexpected gift in the “retreat” times, as painful and unwelcome as these times may be.

Let’s watch, together then, for these unexpected gifts and miracles as we walk with Him through the beautiful messiness of our lives.

Much love and God’s richest blessings to you all,