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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Day 15 of 31-Everything breaking for the good (or, the solution is life on God’s terms)


Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, Gods Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we dont know how or what to pray, it doesnt matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. Thats why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
Romans 8:26-28 (Msg)

There is no woe-scale. There is no pity-o-meter.  There is no prize for having the saddest tale, and if there were, would you be proud of it if you won?

There is no woe-scale.
There is no pity-o-meter.
  There is no prize for having the saddest tale,
and if there were, would you want to be the winner?
TWEET IT?
It was God’s bidding that I walked the route I did this morning. I didn’t have a path or a plan in mind. I wandered one way before meandering in another. I just wanted to walk and worship in the crisp, cold air. I couldn’t have known I would run into a dear friend (the husband), married to a dear friend (the wife).  And as we were living parallel lives over the past few months, we couldn’t have known that our testimonies would encourage one another, that we could lift each other up and appreciate the lessons that God was taking us through. I pray that something I said blessed or encouraged him. He certainly lifted me.

There is no woe-scale. There is no pity-o-meter.  There is no prize for having the saddest tale, and if there were, would you want to be the winner? Sometimes you need perspective. Sometimes you need someone to tell you, from a place entirely different than the one you’re in, that it’s going to be okay, that God has not forgotten you, and that at the end of the day, the solution to all you’re going through is to live your life on God’s terms, or, as I was reminded today,
a)being broken is good, and
b)ALL things really do work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose whether you currently understand it or not).

The details of the stories aren’t important. The details seldom are. The healing, the encouragement, is in the telling. The healing is in hearing, in knowing you are NOT alone, someone knows your pain (or their version of it) and that your testimony to them, or their testimony to you may be part of the reason for your trial. We are instructed in Galatians 6:2 to “bear one another’s burdens.” It is our duty to lift one another up, to pray for, exhort, laugh with (and sometimes at) one another. We are instructed to love one another.

Once you’ve experienced brokenness (which we had) and you don’t break beyond repair, you are less afraid to go deeper. You don’t look forward to being broken again, but you begin to understand that brokenness is the point at which you meet God.  It’s the end of the line, the last stop before your full immersion in His Redeeming Love; when you figure out that whatever you’ve been doing isn’t working and the only way out is through your pain and into His Arms.   When you’ve experienced brokenness and don’t break beyond repair, you learn that you are not done. It’s not over. It’s only the beginning of this lesson. Brokenness is the point at which we meet God. AGAIN. God broke something new in me, and in the life of our friends, and when we’ve over the shock and the pain, I pray that we will remember to give thanks. We should be thankful. Because though we are broken again, He did not build us to break beyond His restoring Grace. And He never meant for us to go it alone.

That is why I walked the route I did this morning. That is why I saw whom I did.  He did not build us to break beyond His restoring Grace. And He never meant for us to go it alone.

Hang in there, family. Imagine the glory God’s going to get out of this. I know it feels like everything is breaking, but it’s all for the good. Our solution to this problem is the same as it ever was. Our solution is simply to live our lives on God’s terms.  Can’t speak for y’all, (yeah, I can) but I am so grateful that God is in control. 


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