My husband wrote this earlier this last night. He said, “I’m not there yet, but I am walking towards this.”
God is working in our lives to conform us to the image of Christ. He is working in us to make these things reality. We are willing to have Him use suffering in our lives to mold and shape us while bringing Himself more glory. Are you willing? Will you let the Creator work in and through you?
If you accept the Biblical perspective, If you are honest, open-minded, and willing, Suffering has the potential for priceless value. Don’t get me wrong – I’m tired of it; I don’t seek any more of it. I miss my son. “Death, where is thy sting?” was Paul’s rhetorical question (1 Cor. 15:55), I answer, “Right here, you #*&%@, and it stings like hell”. Yet, God can work through our suffering - if we cooperate - “So that we may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:4) “God…will himself restore you, and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.” (1 Peter 5:6-10) “Suffering produces perseverance…character… hope that does not disappoint” That alone would be awesome – would it not? What if God “works in all things”, Even my painful loss, Not only for MY good (Roman 8:28) But for even greater good for others? Can my clay jar of grief (2 Cor. 4:7-18) Carry a treasure of mercy and grace to someone else? Certainly, we are Pressed, but not crushed, Perplexed, but not in despair, Persecuted, but not abandoned Struck down, but not destroyed. We wear the death of our child like a wet overcoat, While Paul “always carried around … the death of Jesus” Can we, like Paul, have the Life of Christ revealed in us - in the very heart of our grief and suffering? Will we say, “we do not lose heart”. Outwardly wasting away in grief, Understanding that is temporary Yet inwardly being renewed day by day, Understanding this is eternal. Will we see that our light and momentary troubles Are achieving for us an eternal glory That far outweighs them all Will we fix our eyes on what is unseen: Immanuel, God with us, ruler of the Kingdom of Heaven, which is “now among us”