Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Gott ist immer treu...

The title is German for "God is ever faithful." Or translated literally, "God is always true."

I learned of God's faithfulness while we were living in Switzerland. Our daughters attended the local school in the small community where we lived. Unfortunately, they weren't readily accepted and our oldest became a target of scorn and ridicule. There, they call it mugging. I find the term quite appropriate for what she endured.

The days of this torment stretched into weeks, then into months. I watched my bright, caring young girl become closed in and depressed. Never had I felt so helpless as a mother. Every avenue I pursued ended in a dead end, until I had no choice but to completely—and I mean completely—trust God with her well being.

That's when I began to learn of God's faithfulness. I knew the word in English, but in my small group, we spoke mostly German. I struggled to find the correct word to express to the dear ladies I prayed with. With a dictionary and comparing Scriptures in German to English, we descovered the German word for faithfulness is "treu."

Looks so similar to our English word "true," doesn't it? And that's its first definition—true. God is true. Our time in Europe wasn't easy, and I wouldn't want to go through it again, but the lesson learned is invaluable and one I've recently appreciated anew. Here are my observations.

  • God keeps his word.
  • He never vascilates.
  • He is incapable of deception.
  • He, above all people, can be depended upon completely.
  • No one can promise me what He does.
  • When I am at my worst, He remains by my side.
  • And when things get bad, He's right there going through the muck with me.

Nothing, nothing, no thing can take his love from us, nor his truth. He is truth so there can be no separation. He is the one and only perfect truth in this world. Even after several years, the German translation is the one that comes to me first. I find that so fitting, because that's when I truly learned of God's faithfulness.

Circumstances recently played a scary hand for my family and me. Amazingly, it was the time in Switzerland that gave me the strength I desperately needed. I knew no matter what, my daughter would be okay. God had her in his hands. And He had me. All I had to do was trust what I knew to be true.

Gott ist immer treu. God is ever faithful.


Heather said...

Thank you for posting this.

Heather Diane Tipton said...

Man, you used that T word. t.r.u.s.t. sigh. LOL

Aww girl, this is such a good post. I totally love it. It's so cool to see His faithfulness through another's eyes. I love it when you share this stuff.

(hey and this isn't a cheating post! YAY!!!!)

Love you girl.

Anonymous said...

Amen. All parents have to learn to let go and trust God. We can't build a wall around them, but He can wrap his loving arms around them.

Camy Tang said...

Glad things are good with your daughter now!

:-)Ronie said...

So glad to hear what God did for you and your family--especially your daughter--this last week. What an amazing God we serve!!

Love you, girlie!!!

Robin Caroll said...

God is awesome. And it IS hard to totally let go and let God. One of the things I've learned this past year. Thanks for sharing. Makes you stop and think.