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