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Devotion – The Color of Trials – Understanding We Won’t Always Understand Reasons For Our Illness

Posted Aug 21 2010 7:00am
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“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

During a marathon ultrasound session and mammograms, the doctor found several problem areas. Since I was bleeding from an area that should not be bleeding, I made an appointment for my seventh surgery.

Do I believe God heals? You betcha! I have no doubt God will take great care of me; I just am never sure what will be required during parts of the journey.

I admit I was a touch nervous. Before surgery I worried what would be taken, what would be left, and what would happen after surgery.

While pondering these problems, I changed the color cartridge in my printer.

Even though the page on the computer was full of colors, the printed pages were ugly, mottled, and yellow. A quick removal of the offending cartridge and replacement with a new one fixed the problem. The colors once again became vibrant.

When we allow God to work in our lives there is renewal. I have scars from my head to my toes that tell of my life journey. Some are funny stories, some are not, but they all changed me. My “life ink” at times was mottled and yellow.

Here on earth we can’t see the heavenly brush-strokes God is painting in our lives through hardships, trials, and difficulties. When we allow Him to come in and show us His perspective, our life pages change to His vibrant colors.

Fortunately, the surgeon removed problem areas and no further action was required. However I don’t know what next week will hold, but I do know God will never allow anything in my life that is not for a higher good and colored in His love.

“In a thousand trials, it is not just five hundred of them that work ‘for the good’ of the believer, but nine hundred and ninety-nine, plus one.” George Mueller

About the Author Lisa Buffaloe is a madly in love with God, Christ-follower, happily-married mom/writer/blogger/speaker. God has helped her through molestation by a baby-sitter, assault, rape, divorce, cancer, death, seven surgeries, and years of chronic illness due to Lyme Disease. For more information, please visit www.LisaBuffaloe.com

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