(9/7/2005 @ 5:28 AM)
God promises to “never leave nor forsake” us. This is something we hear and take for granted most of the time. However; when we are faced with trials and heartache, we cling to this promise.
I’ve lost count how long it has been since we’ve moved down here to the In-Law’s house. So much has happened since then; a life has come to this earth, Kylee Gwenn Widner; and a life has left, Juanita Widner. We have even managed to keep a contract on a house and, God willing; we should close on it the 15th of this month.
Through all of this, we haven’t had to look hard to see God at work. God has taught us how to trust Him, especially when the pain seems unbearable.
It’s funny how we look at pain and naturally try to avoid it. God has shown me in the past few weeks how He uses pain and anguish to mold and shape those we would call “heroes” of the Bible and throughout history. Moses, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Elijah, Joseph, Daniel; the list goes on and on, but one common thread runs through their stories; all were shaped through trials and pain. It is when we are tested by fire, laid bare, and exhausted that we know what our hearts truly contain and how much we have allowed Christ to change us. Who does the testing benefit? Surely not an omniscient God.
It is in trials and testing that we receive the gold that Jesus counseled us to buy from Him.
As I watch my daughter sleep new meaning has been given to the Psalmist’s words: I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. God feared that we would neglect these lessons in life, and miss the promise He has for us. I pray that God would not let me be complacent. I pray that He would continue to use the fire of trials and troubles to mold me into Christ’s image.