Scarcely able to keep her eyes on the road, she began yet another grueling 30 minute drive to her daughter’s court day. These hearings had went on for months now, and this one would make a year she had dealt with this.
Her soul was weary. Her hands shook unsteadily while gripping the steering wheel. Great big welling tears spilled out of her broken heart right onto her strained face. Her legs were shaking, her whole life had been completely shaken!
Where had she gone wrong? She had lived for God all those years, right? That had to account for something with God–had hidden His Word in her heart, prayed many intercessory prayers as the Spirit led her, and had been faithful to God with all her heart, in the midst of a dysfunctional home.
But in spite of it all, her oldest daughter had slipped away from everything she had been taught and modeled before her.
More tears came, and she prayed more intense prayers of “Not my Will, Lord, but Thine be done.”
For you see, months earlier, this desperate mother had been on her knees in her bedroom floor, weeping before the Lord. Opening her Bible, she felt God speaking to her heart–giving her a promise.
“Thus saith the Lord; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not. Thus saith the Lord; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy. And there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord, that thy children shall come again to their own border.” Jeremiah 31:15-17
”I hear you Lord,” she said aloud, “loud and clear.” Wiping away the tears, she wondered how she could give her daughter to the Lord and let Him have His way. She simply didn’t know how. Proceeding on, she began reading a devotion, and it was the perfect one!
It told the story when God had spoke to Abraham to offer up Isaac, his son, as a living sacrifice to the Lord.
As the mother read on, she discovered two clues that opened her understanding. What a revelation!
And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and COME AGAIN to you. Genesis 22:5
“And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.” Genesis 22:8 KJV
Abraham had known that God would not let him down. His son had questioned where the sacrifice was, and this must have hurt Abraham deeply in his flesh. But his spirit stood strong on His faith with God, believing that they both would truly return.
Even though he had no real proof, it could very well have gone either way. He bravely SPOKE great words of faith! And believed that God wouldn’t let him down. He would make a way.
The devotion went on to say that for every step that Abraham and his son took, there was a ram on the other side of the mountain walking with them, matching them step for step–The ram the Lord had prepared all along for the burnt sacrifice.
While Abraham was raising his knife to slay his son, the angel of the LORD called to him out of Heaven and told him to do no harm to his boy.
“…for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
“And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.”
The mother winced, closing her already swollen eyes and realized the Lord was speaking yet again to her spirit.
“Give her to me. I love her more than you can ever imagine. She’s my daughter, too. Trust me,” she felt the Lord gently saying.
The mother couldn’t help herself. More tears flowed. She spoke her fears aloud. “Lord, I give her to you. I won’t ask you to keep her out of prison. You know what’s best.”
With that, the mother fell crumpled onto the carpet into a fetal position, weeping uncontrollably. She finally understood how, and just let go of all fear of the unknown and to her control in the situation. Peace filled the room.
……The mother and daughter sat on one of the wooden benches that lined the courtroom in rows. Mom casually reached into her purse, feeling for her Bible. She wrapped her hand around it. It gave her strength and comfort knowing that the Word was God Himself with her. She was not alone.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word WAS God.”
John 1:1 KJV
She had not asked anyone to go with her to any of the court dates. She was too ashamed to let anyone know what was going on with her daughter.
“All rise,” the words were spoken, as the judge entered the courtroom. He proceeded to his seat and sat down. “You may be seated,” the Judge stated.
The judge made it known that this was the last hearing concerning the matter. This was it!
After waiting patiently for all the other court cases to be tried first, the daughter’s would be last.
The judge called the public defender lawyer and the District Attorney into his chambers. They collaborated. The public defender approached the mother and daughter, afterwards.
She told them it had been decided that she wasn’t to be charged, since it was her first offense. The defender stated, “We are going to sweep your case into a neat little file. If you ever get in trouble again for anything else, that file will be taken out and you will be charged. Now, get out of here and go live your life. And STAY OUT OF TROUBLE!”
Daughter and mother descended the stairs in shock. “I can’t believe this!” The daughter cried. They hugged each other and rejoiced that God had been in control all along. He had provided the Lamb! 🙌🙌🙌