Friday, March 19, 2010

It Has Been a Few Weeks

I haven't written much here over the last few weeks. I want to be honest with you. Since late February, I've been discouraged. Very discouraged.

I've been facing gale-force opposition in most areas of my life. To strengthen me, my dear wife made me a small poster with these words from the apostle Paul:
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed (2 Corinthians 4:8,9).
So through this time, I have felt the closeness of my Heavenly Father, and He has inspired kind friends to support our family without them really knowing what is going on. It has been a great comfort.

I have learned many lessons over the last month. One has come home more keenly than others. It is this: That there will be times when even though you are doing everything in your power to serve the Lord and to work as hard as you possibly can to fulfill all of your duties at home, church and work, blessings can be withheld for a season as a trial of your faith.

The Lord wants to you to know where you come down when the blessings and grace you desperately need are not immediately at hand.

I know we bring many trials upon ourselves, often without knowing how or why. And so we wait and pray and work and seek to understand so we can change what we need to change.

Nonetheless, I feel comforted.
Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning (Psalms 30:5).
The light of hope has never gone out, no matter what has happened. It never will. We can refuse to see it shining, but it never goes out.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't often leave comments. I think it is giving my fear of what others think more power then I should. But It will not stop me this time. You are an inspiration to me! I truly appreciate your wisdom and friendship. Your willingness to share has blessed my life and my marriage. Just being able to read the way you and your wife interact has cheered me and blessed my mind to be open to new possibilities.
I too have been wondering but have never lost hope.

Anonymous said...

I have been reading your blog. I understand you are feeling a bit down. I can say I have been there myself. I remembered a story I shared with a professor of mine...she was having a bad day. It comes from the Music and the Spoken Word.

"When things go bad, can we really start over? When life takes a turn for the worse can we actually begin again thinking things will get better? After loosing much of his life savings due to someone else's mismanagement, one man said: 'Starting over was tough, but if we didn't try we would have been hurt twice; once by our loss and once by own giving up.'

"Each of us is bound to loose now and then and, once in a while, we may want to quit. But even the worse set backs can be opportunities to make a new beginning.

"A small boy playing a rough and tumble school yard game was frequently getting knocked to the ground and each time he picked himself up and dusted himself off and rejoined the game. When asked why he just didn’t just quit. The boy said, 'Quit? I'm here to play the game.'

"But we can always move forward. Each New Year represents a new beginning and a hope for a brighter future can dawn with each new day. So even if life hits us hard we can pick ourselves up and get back in the game."