Thank you for being curious about Lauren! She is busy with rehab, and at this point a bit too busy to be blogging. She asked me to keep writing and offering you encouragement, and to thank you for all of your prayers and thoughts!
Last week, we looked at the “testing of our faith”. As we continue looking at this issue, a question comes to mind. As you contemplate this question, what stirs in your heart?
“Are you faithful with what you’ve been given?”
Much of the time, what most of us think about regarding being faithful in what we’ve been given, is with our money, our time, or our possessions. But how do we answer this question when we are going through trials, challenges, hurts, or pain?
It is here where our faithfulness in what we have been given is tested. Because, yes, these things have been given to us too. James 1 reminds us to “consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. ” It doesn’t say “if” we face trials, but “when.”In recent months, we have been challenged by this same question:
“Will we be faithful with what we have been given in regards to this trial in Lauren’s life?”We would like to say yes. Yet our faithfulness has been tested to the very core on so many different levels. It has been tested physically, emotionally and spiritually. In 2 Corinthians 4, we have a great reminder. Apostle Paul tells us, that in spite of his sufferings, he does not lose heart, because the same power that raised Jesus from the dead enabled him to endure adversity!
“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies. So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.How are you being challenged to be faithful in what you have been given? Do you trust God will carry you? Do you trust He will provide all you need? Do you trust He will use it for your good? Do you trust He will get you through the grieving? Do you trust that He sees farther and wider than you do? Do you trust HE has your best interest at heart? Do you trust HE has a plan?
We would love to join you in prayer in whatever you are going through!