Wednesday, March 7

Growing through Affliction

Recently, I have had so many posts in my head that I've wanted to write, but our circumstances at present have just not afforded me the free time I need to do so. During the last several weeks God has been teaching me much about grace and love and obedience and walking by the Spirit. I still have much to learn, but I am grateful for how He has been using some difficult circumstances to draw me closer to Himself and to help me more effectively put into practice what I say I believe.

Elisabeth Elliot defines suffering as "having what you do not want or wanting what you do not have." On the continuum of suffering, my portion is miniscule, but like everyone else, I would prefer to be comfortable and free from all suffering. My flesh rails against the chaos, turmoil and unpredictability that has been our lives the last couple of months. It's not in me naturally to be calm and joyful in the midst of confusion and bedlam; I need His supernatural power. So like the psalmist, I am learning that I can thankfully say

It is good for me that I was afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes. (Psalm 119:71)

In the past I have encountered trials that I have fought against, sulked over, despaired under and questioned God about only to come through them thanking God for having allowed them in my life for His glory and my refining. By His grace and mercy, this time around I am choosing to thank Him on the front end for this small portion of affliction and to allow Him to do with it what He will in my life and the lives of those around me.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)

3 comments:

DebbieLynne said...

You and me both, Kim...except you're responding better than I am. I'm just plain weary!

Kim said...

Well, Deb, you've been dealing with it for MUCH longer than I have! I feel weary for you and John. You've been through a lot. I'll be praying for you to persevere and find joy soon.

Karen said...

I spotted your blog via Patty's. Awesome. You know, I've never read Elisabeth Elliot's writing before and saw her quoted on another blog, so feel inspired to do so. I have 2 children aged 6 and 3 (heading for 4), so I look forward to reading about your 2 children in their blogs too :-)

 

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