Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Suffering and Joy

Joy and suffering -- I have had so much of both the past few months. Joy because I have been so healthy. Suffering, not for myself, but because my dear friend, best friend! Hetty @AliveinMe continues to suffer so terribly every day. I have searched the scriptures and my heart for what good there can be in suffering. I know for myself that God has been closer to me in times of suffering. But that is partly as I look back. Though in times of suffering -- I feel His presence very closely -- at other times I feel bereft and alone. No doubt this is partly what my dear friend is feeling and my heart breaks for her and she bravely posts her thoughts and feelings on Facebook. She is not alone, but no one really know how deep her pain, how uncomfortable and frightening, or her blindness -- except Jesus.

I, on the other hand, am the picture of health. My immune system is strong. My husband has gotten two colds this fall and I haven't caught either on. I'm posting a picture of me taken at a recent lunch to show the joy and health in my face. I am healthy and whole and I rejoice in My Lord for it and for the strength it gives me to help my family and to pray without ceasing for Hetty and others on my heart!

The Christian life is one of victory in every trial and joyful time. In times of joy we need to remember not to go on our own strength, but rely solely on HIM. In times of suffering we need HIM more with every painful move we make..."And not only this, but we also exalt in our tribulations (whatever they may be), knowing that tribulations brings about perserverance; and perserverance, proven character, and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us!" Romans 5: 3-5 Blessings to you all my friends! And relief from suffering and the trial/tribulation in which you find yourself. May you see the Light at the end of the tunnel!