Shout Out

More than anything else I want to live so that people see God’s hand all over my life, not just that I’ve survived this long.

So when somebody recently said to me (again), “You wouldn’t know anything about suffering (hardship, pain, fill-in-the-blank…),” I simply replied, “Maybe not. You tell me about it.”

The fact is my history includes so many tragic situations and hardships some might doubt my story’s validity. So much happening to one person in one lifetime… I needn’t exaggerate for dramatic affect. Neither do my siblings. Bottom line, we actually do know about suffering.

And we know about overcoming.

More important, we not only survived, but God worked it all for good. My life doesn’t compare to Paul’s. But I learned early on in my Christian walk, by studying the apostle, to cry out with prayer and praise during the worst situations.

“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.”*

Somehow my situations always got better too. Sometimes they got worse first, but God always turned it all around for good.

Multiply that times infinite numbers of people crying out every day.

Horrifying events are happening in our nation and in our global community. Still, I thank God for my experience. I learned when things seem to be at their worst, when there’s no way for things to be good, God is a way maker.

“Do not be overcome by evil,

but overcome evil with good.”

Romans 12:21 (NIV)

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*For the whole story see BibleGateway Book of Acts 16:16-40

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9 responses to “Shout Out

  1. Powerful message, Roo. Isn’t it amazing how people assume they know our history, and how we must have had cushy lives because we hold on to our faith? When in reality, it is our faith that helped us endure what they can never imagine.

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  2. I love this! Thanks for sharing it!

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  3. I love your attitude — most uplifting!

    Like

  4. Accepting the adversities we encounter helps us understand the meaning of how temporary and fragile life is here on Earth. Through this understanding, we realize we are able to survive any ordeal.

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  5. Your post brings meaning to this verse I read this morning as well another push for me to give it further reflection. Hugs.
    Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. – Deuteronomy 31.6

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