After “storytime” last night, we talked about how God can be taken at His word. We thought we’d share with you some of our “take Him at His word” suffering verses, from our hearts to yours.
“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (I Peter 1:6)
“We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on GOD WHO RAISES THE DEAD.” (2 Cor. 1:8b-9)
“We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Cor. 4:7)
“Therefore we do not lose heart, though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Cor. 4:16-18)
These are deep and lasting truths that we stand on with both feet, arms raised heavenward and our mouths singing praise.
In the midst of her pain, Christina said, “If I get better, I want to ask Dr. Grewe if I could be on call for his surgery patients.” She longs to comfort those with the comfort she has received.
And we wondered about all the people in this world who are suffering alone, in hard places, without comfort, without support. So late last night we decided to make a list of the many reasons we are thankful—Feel free to join us in the comment section.
We are thankful that our new friend, Dina, is doing well. She is beginning to walk and talk and move about. We rejoice with Ryan as he works with and watches his wife come back to life.
We are thankful that we can look forward to an eternity with Jesus. This life on earth is not all we have. It is just a mere shadow of what is to come.
Meanwhile, we are thankful that we are warm and we are fed. We have comfortable beds, warm baths, clean clothes. We have amazing medical care, medicine, pharmacies, massage therapists who love well. We have praying, loving, supportive friends who would do anything and drop everything to help us. We have meals dropped off by people we know and people we don’t know—who drive miles and miles to get it to us.
We have friends to take us in when we can’t take care of ourselves and friends who drop everything to come and live with us. We have cars to transport us to doctors—imagine the difficulty people face in many parts of the world—just getting to any kind of medical care.
For purposes beyond what we can imagine, God has given Christina more days on this earth. He knows the beginning and the end and He knows the multi-layered reasons she lives and breathes and loves and serves. It is our prayer that she does not miss seeing His hand at each turn. It is my prayer that I also see His hand, follow His lead, and not miss any part of this great adventure of faith that He has us on.
“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (Luke 12:48b)
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