I have mentioned it here lately, that life is hard right now. And the truth is, it is really hard.
There is something going on in our family, something really hard and awful. It is the kind of thing that you think only happens in movies. Except here it is, in real life and in my family — and I am trying to figure out somehow how to deal and process this. My family is, really. And it is breaking us in different ways, all difficult.
Because hard things never come alone, life is also very busy right now. Between working full time and being part of several ministries at church, there is little time. And now, all that time is shadowed by the shock, sorrow, and distress.
So here is what I’m leaning on, this tender promise of God: this is but for a moment.
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)
Paul David Tripp said that “the central battleground of suffering is not physical, financial, situational, or relational.” It is first spiritual because this suffering makes spiritual warfare against our hearts. And I am realizing once again, that life does not always follow the easy way. That life doesn’t turn out the way I want it to always, either. And that’s totally okay — because God has this in His hands.
As hard as it might be to be in this season, to remain in this season — God is with us and we are not alone. God is eternal and therefore H will be with us forever, in all situations. His power will also never fade; it will always be greater than any storm or trial. And though the darkness lingers around the corners, His grace shines light on us. This grace never ends; rather, it keeps overcoming our sin and shame, all the sorrow and sadness.
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me,
and my place of safety.” (Psalm 18:2 NLT)
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