My heart is heavy today for people I have been exposed to in the last 24 hours who are experiencing the Job 2:10 principle.
As I was beginning our normal daily routine this morning I glanced out the window and saw my neighbor and her husband getting ready for their new routine: chemotherapy every three weeks for 18 weeks and radiation in between. She told me about her new wig yesterday afternoon with tears in her eyes. She seemed to soak up Sophie like she never has before. She is unclear what her future holds. I can't help but think of this first chemo appt. with the other cancer patients. All of them probably thinking and feeling, "I don't belong here. This happens to everyone else but not me." My heart aches for them.
I opened my email to read a broken heart who just lost a family member unexpectedly and is heavy hearted for her friend who is in the fight for her life with bulimia. She asks for prayer from as many people that will pray because she knows the power of prayer.
Another woman I know and love asks for God's strength and patience in waiting for His perfect timing in the things she is desiring.
The pastor's wife and children who lost their husband and father on Sunday morning in the pulpit to a gunman.
And on and on it goes. This is just a drop in the bucket of the pain represented today in my small world. I wish I could make it all go away but then I would be interfering with the Master's plan, besides the small detail that I'm not God and can't make it go away or even make it better.
Here are some interesting verses that encouraged me in my affliction of infertility (a long story for later)
"Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word." Ps. 119:67
"It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees." vs. 71
"I know that your laws are righteous, and in faithfullness you have afflicted me." vs. 75
"If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction." vs. 92
Interesting that affliction many times precedes obedience and learning. And even more interesting to me is that it's a part of God's faithfulness and love. It doesn't feel like it, that's for sure! At least when you're in the middle of it. But that's where our faith comes in. And that's where recalling what we know of God to be true comes in....He is faithful....in this current adversity, He is faithful.
If you happen to read this, would you pray for the ones who are walking in their season of affliction right now? Pray that they will delight in God's word. Ask God how you might be an encouragement to them. And then trust that God will surround you with the same when you face your day of affliction.
Lord, Affliction is hard and many times life altering. But you know all about that. I'm not praying to a God who doesn't understand or hasn't experienced what we are and more. Thank you for relating. And thank you using the affliction for a purpose. You do not waste it or throw it away. But it's so hard to hear that or even understand that when we are in the thick of the pain. So Lord, I ask you to please send special, divine encouragement to the ones suffering today. Would you overwhelm them with your presence and give peace that cannot even be explained outside of you. Thank you for ministering to us, Lord. Amen.