Thoughts from Suffering

These past few months have been so intense.  We have endured so many trials both in our life and in the lives of our close friends, its been exhausting.  From health to finances, homelessness and miscarriage.  The rain has beaten down hard on all of our faces and its left us weak.

With all that has been happening its easy to slip into depression, freak out and call it quits.  When life beats us down, its only normal to feel broken, lost and confused.  But as I look up towards heaven through all my tears and sadness, I know that He hears me.  He sees our faith and He knows our pain.  I don’t completely understand why He allows us to suffer so much.  It crushes me to see people that I love go through so much pain.

At times it frustrates me and I struggle to understand why sickness happens to our family and to those around me.  But at the same time, I know that God has a plan in all of this mess, although I don’t understand it.

Going through this period of spiritual and physical suffering has reinforced the belief that we suffer so we can carry the crucified Christ in our hearts and be sensitive to a hurting world.  When we suffer we carry Christ and His love with greater intensity.

So if you are going through a difficult time that has sucked up all your energy and faith, don’t loose heart.  Please don’t loose focus on Him, the resurrected Christ who knows your suffering and is walking with you.  He can carry you through the difficult stony paths if you let Him just like a father carries a tired child.

One of my favorite bible teachers put it this way: “Before God changes our circumstances, He wants to change our hearts.  If our circumstances change for the better, but we remain the same, then we will become worse.  Gods purpose in providence is not to make us comfortable, but to make us conformable, “conformed to the image of His Son” (Rom 8:29).  Christlike character is the divine goal for each of His children.”  Warren W. Wiersbe

Scripture reminds us in 2 Corinthians chapter 4 that “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies…..So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

Amen – Lots of Love – Mariana  ©