Friday, March 25, 2011

Thoughts on Suffering

Wednesday, a friend shared the following passage on her daughter's CarePages site.

It comes from a daily devotional book, Streams in the Desert. We also happen to have the same devotion book. We could definitely relate to the message.

“The most difficult ingredient of suffering is often TIME. A short, sharp pain is easily endured, but when a sorrow drags on its long and weary way year after monotonous year, returning day after day with the same dull routine of hopeless agony, the heart loses its strength. Without the grace of God, the heart is sure to sink into dismal despair."

The passage goes on to say....

"Today we may be unable to see the final outcome of the beautiful plan that God has hidden "in the shadow of his hand" (Isaiah 49:2). It may be concealed for a very long time, but our faith may rest in the assurance that God is seated on his throne. Because of this assurance, we can calmly await the time when, in heavenly delight, we will say, "All things (have) work(ed) together for good" (Romans 8:28)....There is a reason behind every lesson, and when we are ready, our deliverance will definitely come....Don't steal tomorrow from God's hands. Give Him time to speak to you and reveal His will."

Yesterday, I told a friend that I often have such a hard time waiting and listening. I always need to be reminded that peace can only come from God alone and that only God knows the plan. This devotion was that reminder.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

In Him,
The Tates

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