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


Blessings,
Linda

8 comments:

Kerri said...

How to fit into a few short lines all the thoughts I've had reading your recent posts? Not possible. You have such a gift for expression. Thanks for sharing all those wonderful thoughts. You've touched my heart this morning and I'm so thankful for your words.
Life is a roller coaster at times, isn't it?
Your mom sounds like such a strong, positive person. I'm so sorry about her fall and fractured hip but glad to know she's on the way to being up and about again.
Both she and your dad will be in my prayers. I do hope the swelling has receded in his arm and hand by now.
The birds are very busy at the feeders this morning...no doubt anticipitating the predicted low of 16ºF (high of 35ºF). It's hard to go backwards after last week's glorious weather! However, the warmth will return eventually...of that we can be sure :)
Happy Spring, dear Linda!

Sandy said...

I share your confusion regarding our
having to suffer while living on this
earth. Can we blame it all on the fall?
I don't know. I do know the Lord is in
the suffering with us. I understand
what you're going through. Be comforted
in the realization that He is with you,
working all things together for you and
your family for His good will and purposes.

Loretta said...

All I can say is, Yep. I agree. There's just no way to make sense of some things, but I can always trust that the Father knows what He is doing and that He will "...perfect that which concerneth me," (from Psalm 138:8).

Love & hugs,
Loretta

grammy said...

beautiful words
and isn't it comforting that when we like little children
stomp our feet and say...why me? I don't like this."
He still puts his arm around us and leads us on the right path (o:

quilted butterfly said...

I have just come across you blog and wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your posts. You have a special way of expressing things. Each of us has a different walk with the Lord that often does include suffering and sacrifice. I know for me, I have been learning things through life's challenges that I would not learn in any other way. God knows what I need and I trust Him even when it hurts.
I will pray for your Mom and Dad and for you as well.

emily wierenga said...

yes, linda. yes. i am joining with you now in this sitting still and accepting without understanding... and i'm praying with you. love always, em.

Dawn said...

Very true words. Wouldn't it be great to understand - but then God wouldn't be omnipotent!

Laura said...

I am thinking about you, praying for you through these deep thoughts, Linda. I know I've been scarce, but you are on my mind. Trust is hard sometimes.

I'm sending you love.