Last week, after I hit “Publish” on the blog article, I was pretty confident that this response article would easily come together and form itself. Needless to say, it did not happen that way.
The events of the past week have given me a behind-the-scenes look at suffering. In a surprising turn of events, I was the one who needed to be comforted. Without knowing which way was up, I stumbled through cloudy darkness with only a little light on my path. How precious was that light for sure! Through many therapeutic verbal sessions with people deeply invested in my life, I was able to press forward into healing. My situation was very, very minor compared to other significant catastrophes happening to others right now, but I still feel the weight of the lesson. I praise God that healing can be found in the valley!
Find Joy. You will never be able to be thankful for nothing. There will always be something to thank God for! If you really want to defeat worry and self-pity, find one thing to delight in, and cling to that one thing.
Phillippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again, I say, rejoice!”
Commune with God. Imagine a stonemason, a gardener, a carpenter, an artist, or a potter growing a miracle, or designing a tool or work of art. You are the first prototype — there is none like you! There will be times when he stands back to watch you grow, when the sun shines and all is well. But then there are other times, when He will chip away, or flood your life, or dab some paint, or add some pressure to a un unsightly lump. These are times when The Master draws near. His presence is not only felt, but also seen in the changes in your world. Appreciate it! Be grateful for His attention, for He is the
“God that doest wonders.” Psalm 77:14
“His work is honourable and glorious.” Psalm 111:3
Forgive. It’s our Divine Command. It is only after we let go of our pride and give up our right to receive an apology, and submit ourselves to our offenders in forgiveness that we can again have peace in our hearts.
“For if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your heavenly Father forgive your trespasses.” Matt 6:15
Look for the End Result. You have to believe that this fiery trial is intended for the future. And what happens to gold after it goes the fire? You’ve heard it all your life, so you tell me. Your life will be richer — from your treasure house of experience, you will be able to identify with others who hurt, healing them in the very times they can feel your love the most.
“We went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.” Psalm 66:12