The LORD has impressed upon me lately the brokenness of a fallen world. I could not begin to describe what has blown up in the past month — in my life, yes, but more so in the lives of those around me. My office didn’t receive its contract renewal this year and will be closing house the end of June. Several people are loosing their jobs; in the thick of it all, one co-worker is dealing with tough financial burdens while another is experiencing serious complications with her pregnancy. Read a client report today of this gal who has a long history of horrifying sexual and physical abuse, she doesn’t want to be on government assistance but can’t find a way out. A little baby I know of is in the hospital with pneumonia and a collapsed lung. Today a local family was in a car wreck that took the lives of two while the other members fight to stay alive. Just after that, reports came that a high school football star in town died early this morning in a motorcycle crash.
You know those days when bad news is just followed by bad news? Yeah.
When it rains, it pours.
I have been wondering a lot about God’s hand in the middle of suffering. Surely HE has all the authority and power in the universe. He can prevent a tsunami from rolling ashore and a leaf from fluttering to the ground in the same moment. God is SO in control, even over the seemingly uncontrollable.
1 Peter has been on my mind (probably because Ben has been studying through it and sharing what he’s learned with me). In that letter, Paul writes “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.” (1 Peter 3:18 ESV) Suffering is used to conform us to the image of Christ, that we may rely upon the Lord – sharing with Jesus in suffering – to bring God glory. My prayer is that we all will learn to suffer, and suffer with those around us, well.
“My days are like an evening shadow;
I wither away like grass.
But you, O LORD, are enthroned forever;
you are remembered throughout all generations.”
(Psalm 102:11-12 ESV)