Monday, September 14, 2009

just when i think my problems are big...

...i read stories like this and am so moved by the perseverance of God's people:

one of my favorite quotes from the story is from nancy guthrie, about whom the story was written and is currently carrying her 2nd child with zellweger syndrome: "Job, she writes, 'was blessed through his brokenness, by his restless pursuit of God. He had a new, more intimate relationship with God, one he could never have found without pain and sorrow. In the darkest of days,' she writes, 'we've experienced a supernatural strength and peace.' Like Job, 'we often cannot see the hidden purposes of God. But we can determine to be faithful and keep walking toward Him in the darkness."

wow. this is convicting me today. i am so easily convinced that my problems are the biggest in the world and i really have no idea of the pain and turmoil others are going through. what an encouragement to see other brothers and sisters living out their faith and persevering as paul encouraged us all to do in philippians.

"not that i have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but i press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. brothers, i do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. but one thing i do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, i press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." - philippians 3:12-14