The Secret of the Widow

As a Biblical Apostolic Christian, I have been so blessed to have had a deep relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ now for decades – over 43 years as of last Dec. Falling in live with him as a young married teen of 18 was a powerful and life changing experience for me. He made me such incredible promises and lived up to each and everyone of them.

He saved my precious husband – and created a man with a powerful love for family and those in need, who deeply loved and preached the gospel without compromise.

I watched as he became real to my children and they developed their own powerful relationships with him, through their lives and testimonies they have influenced hundreds if not thousands.

His promises and care to the next generation, my precious grandchildren, continues as they are creating their own relationship with the Lord in the face of such personal pain, adversity and in a world that has gone mad.

Yes, the Lord has more than kept his promises. In each season of life, he has demonstrated his great care and love.

During this season, a season of somewhat inner quiet, a place of aloneness, but not loneliness, as widowhood became the norm… again the Lord stepped up in a way I could never even imagined.

Such personal care, such tenderness he has shown to me… he has surpassed everything I could have imagined.

This week I watch as two dear friends entered into the place of widowhood… just beginning the grieving of those deeply loved, but I can say even at those times… I know the Lord will hold them as he held me, he is so faithful.

The Lord’s deep love and his heart for the widow is expressed and revealed through in his love for Zion and the many scriptures where he commands Israel and the church to care for the widow, along with the pastor, the immigrant, and the orphans.

The promises he makes to the widow “Zion” are beautiful… and I have found every one of them all to be true… the physical, emotional, and spiritual loving care of the Lord… it is the secret of the widow…

Isaiah 54
King James Bible
Future Blessings for Zion
1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.
2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;
3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.
5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.
6 For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.
7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.
9 For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.
10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.
11 O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.
12 And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.
13 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
14 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.
16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.