God’s been laying it heavily on my heart lately that:
1. Where our burden is and where our heart breaks is where he wants us. That’s where we are called to minster and serve. This was the sum of my previous post, The Blessing in the Burden.
2. It’s not about me.
We already know that, right? That we are supposed to “die to self” once we align our heart with Christ’s. But as I listened to my friends today in Sunday school admit where they felt the lowest, where they couldn’t see or hear God, where they felt like there just wasn’t a way out, I realized that it wasn’t about them. And my cancer is not about me.
When we submit our will to God’s will and give Him the say in what comes in our lives, we are telling Him that we trust Him and that we will weather the storm if that is what we are called to do. We know that God works for the good of those who love Him, we also know that that doesn’t prevent or shelter us from tragedy, hurting, illness, etc. We must trust that the good in it may not even be for us. We are told in scripture that we are comforted so that we may comfort others.
We are comforted so that we may comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:4). Did you hear me? Each of our individual struggles, our hurt, our sordid past, our failures, our weaknesses, the places where we needed God the most, those can be used. They can build the Kingdom. They can make a difference! For. Other. People.
Our trials may not be in any way about us. Praise God that He sees the big picture, He sees the fruit that can be born out of the tragedy or hardship even if we never get a glimpse of it, and that He provides us with the strength we need to do the impossible in Jesus’s name!
Paul wrote many of his letters to the early churches while he was in prison, fully knowing that he many never see the good that came out of his faithfulness. But he still wrote. Just let that sink in…from prison…no promise that he’d see the fruit….still did the work.
I’m reminded of a really beautiful song that talks about how God is there even when we can’t see or feel Him. And not only is He there, He is working for our good! But are we able to accept that “our good” may not actually benefit us at all, but may mean the difference between life and death for someone else?
One of my all-time favorite songs: Meredith Andrews – Not For A Moment
I’m thinking now about how one of my favorite singers from one of the world’s most popular Christian bands, Casting Crowns, was just diagnosed with cancer. My heart broke for his family, knowing all too well what this sort of diagnosis means for the people who love the him. But at the same time, I was very excited that there will be a light shining in one of the darkest places I’ve ever experienced, the cancer center. My prayers are with Mark Hall and his family, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s not about him…