Suffering. Everyone of us probably has a memory, period in our life, or maybe even a name of a person
that comes up at the word suffering. Each of us live diverse lives, yet we all have suffered to a degree.
Many of you have had extremely painful childhoods, marriages, etc in the past or present. Maybe you lost the baby you had prayed so long for, had a parent who abused you in various ways, or even watched a loved one go through a difficult trial that pained you because of the pain they felt.
What I want to say today is that many of us don’t understand how to let Jesus walk with us during trials and suffering, although I think many Christians want to. I know I have desperately wished to know how to trust God in my sorrows, and how to come out of them stronger, but we don’t always know how.
Something came to me in the past few weeks, and I’m not really sure who or what exactly brought it to my attention. I was impacted by some realizations. Jesus understands our sufferings. Do you believe that? Like really, really believe it? He doesn’t just see us suffering. He isn’t just sovereign over our trials because He sees good that will come out of them later, He actually understands every little pain and ache we feel, physical and emotional. He knows what it feels like and He wants to walk it with us closely. So what I would challenge and encourage all you beautiful souls to do is invite Him in. When you feel dark inside and not sure where to turn, simply tell Him that 🙂 Remind yourself He’s there even when you can’t feel him and that He knows every thought you have and every struggling you face. Rest in the fact that He will not give you anything you cannot walk through with Him. You will come out stronger. Comfort yourself with the knowledge that He sympathizes with you more than any human can, and that His love for you is without end.
This post was written by a dear friend of mine, Carissa. She has had to walked through numerous fires and can truthfully say they have only made her stronger. I am so thankful for her insight and I hope this will bless you. She truly has a heart of gold and has and continues to touched so many lives. Her passions range from reaching out to share her story with other lost souls to blasting Rihanna 😉 She graduates in a few weeks and I could not be more hopeful for her future and the huge things she will do to enhance The Kingdom.
In our culture today, so many people…SO many people are longing for a greater purpose-for a higher calling… And I think especially us as Christians. We get stuck in this rut where we feel like this life is meaningless. This day-to-day, go-go-go life, whether it’s studies or dishes for the 18th time it can sometimes (or most of the time, if we’re being honest) feel pointless, and we long for something greater. We ask the Lord for something larger. I know I’ve cried out with the same prayer over, and over, and over… And over!… The classic ‘use me for greater things. Show me the higher callings and the greater plans you have for me. I’m ready now, Lord. C’mon…!!’ But you know what I’ve had to learn…? These things are NOT on our time but on God’s. He has been teaching me through little things here and there. He has been whispering to me… Things like: ‘Savannah, wait on me. Be patient. I’m a good, good Father, and everything I have for you is perfectly mapped out… Including its timing. Just trust ME! I am enough for you. You’re asking for greater things… But have you been faithful with little? Are you ready for much? When you’re standing at that sink…when you’re struggling through that last algebra lesson, longing for something greater…are you doing your work to the best of your abilities, and unto ME?!’
He knows what’s best for each one of us, and He tells us over and over again, that He knows the plans he has for us! But we have to learn to wait. Our job is to wait on HIS timing…to do all the task…even the little ones as unto Him. These seemingly ‘little’ things are the things He has called you and me to do…so right now, in this place of longing for more, for greater things, we need to get some perspective. This is what He has given us right now, and He expects us to do them diligently and as if they matter… Because they do. The little things matter, and guess what… They DO lead to bigger, and greater things!
So to the weary high schooler. To the worn out Mama. To the businessman searching for a greater purpose: Wait. On. The. Lord. Commite all your ways to Him, and serve Him to the best of your abilities where you are right now-and I can promise you-greater things will follow. He will make your paths straight, but only if you put your trust fully in Him, and wait on His timing. 🙂
John Waller-While I’m Waiting
As I get older and experience more difficult and serious situations in my own life and in the life of others around me I begin to realize my need for Jesus more and more. My need for everything He has to offer me… Not just my name as a ‘christian’ or the feel good stuff, but my true need in my deepest, darkest, loneliest moments.
Recently I have had to work through several things that have been churning in my own heart for a long time that have caused bitterness, jealousy, anger and hurt, and I know that I couldn’t make it through all of this on my own accord. No way, no how. It’s just too much for our little, sinful souls to handle. Sometimes there is really nothing anyone can do or say, and nothing even we can do for ourselves except fall down at His feet with all our worries and problems.
We have to lean on Him to Set. Us. Free. Salvation and a life lived fully committed to Him doesn’t come by our own strength. NOTHING, and I mean nothing can come through our own strength, you have to leave it up to God. It’s a very hard thing to do, and it takes A LOT of time but it’s so worth it. Not having to worry about things you really can’t to anything about and having someone to lean on in your darkest night really is as lovely as it sounds. Being saved is the best thing that ever happened to me… And the best thing that could ever happen to you! Let Him set you free. I promise… You will have absolutely no regrets. ♥
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
~2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV~
Every weakness you have is an opportunity for God to show His strength in your life.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
~2 Corinthians 12:9~
Trust Him, He is enough for You!