This is the second of two new posts today, so there is one titled the resurrection of hope you can jump to after you finish this one if that suits you. Thanks for reading. God is definitely doing something in our family through this whole deal. A lot is happening in the meantime, just while we wait. And maybe someone is learning something from watching us. If not, thanks for just taking an interest in us. We feel the love. Enjoy a sweet picture of Charity posing by a photograph/photoshop project that she recently had in an art show. Compliments of the iPhone.
This post is more about the Word. God is good to us. We don’t always have fun, but a lot of the time we do, and things are not always easy, but sometimes they are. And God is good to us. That is sort of what this whole online journal is about. And of course I say journal because I feel like a woman to use the word diary. This ain’t no diary.
Our pastor recently preached a message from 1 Peter. Part of the passage was chapter 1, verses 6 & 7, which really struck me as it pertains to this season of our lives. As I say this, I want to be very clear, we are happy, not depressed people. We see way more good days than bad. At the same time, this has been a season of struggle in some ways, and we are honest about that. So these two verses spoke to me. They basically say that for a short time you have struggled through trials so that your faith will lead to glory for Jesus. It also says that our faith is more valuable than gold, which perishes, alluding to an undying faith.
It’s sort of a bitter pill to swallow because it fits in line with other passages that make it clear that at times suffering comes from God. He does more than allow it, he causes it. And on the surface that sort of makes me mad because I am selfish and most of my life tends to be centered around me. But when I read scripture I can see a plan that is so much bigger than my limited scope, and I can see that God is doing things that may be difficult for a season because there is an incredible payoff coming later. And the beautiful thing is that the payoff is also bigger than us. The payoff has ramifications for things that are too wonderful for me to really comprehend. And hasn’t your daddy ever told you that anything worth having is worth fighting for?
There is also a place that has been familiar to me in recent months, a book called Lamentations. I go there to find someone to identify with my sorrows, but I always find encouragement. Chapter 3, verses 25-27 go like this:
“The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person wh seeks Him. It is good to wait quietly for deliverance from the Lord. It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is still young.”
It’s a little strange, but these verses have been so encouraging to me because I think Charity and I both feel like we are hoping and waiting for deliverance from this whole process, to be very transparent. There is so much good coming through it, but we are ready now to be done with it, and we think of it like we are waiting to be delivered from all of it. So this hits me right where I am in these days, and it says that it is good for us to wait quietly, patiently, for it. And whether I want to admit it or not, I can feel the truth in that statement, too. It is good. It’s good for me, good for us, and just good. It’s refining and sharpening and deepening. Maybe not fun, but definitely good. And definitely worth it.
It also says that it is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is still young, and I don’t even need to go into that. That parts stinks. The rest of the Bible is good, but that part stinks.
Thanks for listening. We love to hear back from you. And as always, thank you for walking with us.