Saturday, October 3, 2015

31 Days of Grief: Day 3

From Life Interrupted, by Priscilla Shirer:

Have you looked at other people around you and wondered why you've been asked to endure a route that appears different and more difficult than theirs?  Are you wondering why everybody else gets such an easy time of it while you're left to struggle with something so hard to handle?  Are you asking, "Why would God do this to me?"

But, see, your significance is at stake.  He's reworking our bland resumes as we speak.  He has asked us to walk this road because it's the one through which a homemaker, a single woman, a math major, a grandmother, a country girl, a taxpayer, a first cousin, or a part-time employee becomes a person with a story more than her resume, a story only God can tell.  

You are not just an information form.  Not just data entries and check boxes.  You are the precious child of a living, heavenly Father who intervenes that you might show forth His greatness and glory.  Your life may be a bit distressing at the moment or more overwhelming than you'd prefer, but this is the setting where God's creativity turns ordinary people into timeless classics.

Therefore, you are neither confined by your resume nor allowed to hide yourself behind it.  Like Jonah, there's more to you than you realize.  And this interruption - I mean, intervention- may be where you find that out.

Hold high the inkwell.  He's on to something.  Let Him write.

I'm not going to lie, there are times when this concept, the idea that God uses His people to write stories that propel others to change and to bring more to Him, isn't very comforting.  To be perfectly honest there are emotionally weak days when this concept makes me feel like a pawn in a cruel game and I just can't even go there.  Some days.

But there are other days when I get along with this truth.  After all, in times past I have stood in a church sanctuary and sung, with all conviction, words like "take my life and let it be, consecrated Lord for Thee" and "Have Thine own way, Lord, have Thine own way".  In all sincerity I offered my heart and services to the Lord and He took me up on it.  I can't really argue with that.

And Scripture promises great rewards to those who can withstand these earthly trials, these "life interruptions", the Lord specifically assigns to each person.  And if I really believe in eternity, as in, a forever life after this one, I can make these investments, even painful ones, with full knowledge of these eternal rewards.  If I keep my eyes on Heaven and what awaits me there - no tears, two beautiful children, a Savior who paid the ultimate price, and possibly even a roomful of treasure I can swim in, Scrooge McDuck style - I can keep perspective during hard times, grieving times, like this one.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11 

Those plans, those prosperous and hopeful times might not be realized until Heaven, but they're coming.  I know it.

1 comment:

  1. I love this, all of it. I felt compelled to read Jonah this morning (reading through Lies Women Believe for a study I'm leading and talked about how Jonah was so controlled by his emotions and his "rights"). I will add Priscilla's book to my Amazon list (I love her). Thank you for your words, kindred spirit. <3