Thursday, March 25, 2010

"Deep" Thoughts

My Mom looked at us from her unaccustomed position in a hospital bed and said, "I know God has a purpose in this. I just haven't figured out what it is yet."

Yes, He does have a purpose, one which we may never understand this side of heaven. He has promised that He will not let anything come to us on some purposeless whim. It all has meaning. We see with limited vision; He sees clearly. He sees with eyes of infinite love.

I was thinking about all of this this morning. Difficult circumstances tend to lead to "deep" thoughts. We so want to be able to figure it all out and make something sensible out of it all. I've struggled with that over the past few years and have come to the inevitable conclusion that there are some circumstances that I simply cannot make sense of.

I have finally (after much kicking and screaming) come to the place where I no longer try to fit suffering into a form I can understand. Sometimes it is simply that - suffering. Only the Father knows the purpose and only He can use it, as incredible as it seems, for our good. My part is faith and trust. That is more than enough for me to handle.

So I am trusting that whether or not all things work together the way I want them to - all will be well. I am choosing to believe that this life, with all its attendant sorrows and pain, is just a brief moment in time; to believe that when we step from this life into the next it will be for all eternity; to believe that there will be an end to suffering and pain and a beginning of unending joy beyond anything we can imagine.

For this present time, we have a Savior who loves and cares and provides all that we need. There is joy and peace in the midst of every circumstance when we simply rest in Him.

"Come to Me all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am humble and gentle in heart and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My load is light."
Matt. 11: 28-30

"For I consider the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us."
Romans 8:18

"And He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning or crying or pain; the first things have passed away."
Rev. 21:4