Trials...why are we so shocked and depressed when they come?
Jesus clearly told us, "In this world you will (not maybe) have trials."
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:33
But yet, this womanly flesh suffers. As godly and faithful as we desire to be, it seems our physical strength has it's limits. You are not alone. Find comfort in that many of the most faithful women that have walked this earth have experienced drawing close to the same edge of the cliff you face.
I have drawn strength from the woman at the well, when I was a new woman of faith. This woman who had married over and over and was living with a man now faces Jesus. The bleeding woman who suffered for so many years with her issue of blood gave me comfort when I too faced premenopausal symptoms. She declares in front of all within hearing distance "why" she reached out to Him. The adulterous woman who is left standing alone before Jesus is told, "Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." The stories of these nameless women have been left to strengthen us!
I love the Gospel of Mark. It is an emotional gospel, written for the persecuted Christians. Mark leaves no doubt as to who Jesus was, and shows His humanity. He is the carpenter's son, he is moved with compassion, and emotion's are shown. Mark stresses the many things that Jesus went about doing. Jesus is going about showing His power over sickness, disease, evil and death. But along with all the many workings of the Lord, one sentence impacts me the most. It is this..."And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray." (Mark 6:46) Jesus is clearly showing us what we must do. We must get alone with God, and not just pray, but form that bond with God that draws us closer to Him. Draws us to dependence and trust. Have you ever cried out to God, "Why aren't You listening?" He may be saying, "I am, it just is not time yet to act." Nothing happens to us that He does not allow. If He allows it, I must accept it and draw close to Him.
Though almost 5 years of pain, I prayed, "Lord, I am trusting You to do for me what I cannot do for myself. I ask for wisdom. I ask for discernment. I ask for physical strength. I ask especially for spiritual strength. But most of all I ask to be able to help lead others to come to know You. I know in your timing you will work within me to be the woman You desire me to be. In this, I find comfort and peace." May you too find comfort and peace knowing that He does know your heart and your pain. He knows the end from the beginning.
"In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God; he heard my voice.." Psalm 18:6
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