Spiritual Growth

A letter to my friend

Woke up this morning with you heavy on my mind.  Thinking through the circumstances and the timeline you find yourself in,  my heart hurts and I’ve been praying for you and will continue to do so.

 

As I prayed over your situation I just wanted to write a letter.  I thought initially I’d just send it to you in a facebook message but then it occurred to me that perhaps someone else out there might be facing similar circumstances.  So, I write this morning to all who face challenges, fear and pain today.

 

My friend:

Be comforted during this time.  Do not deny the fear and the stress and the pain.  It is real.  It hurts.  Acceptance of reality and pain is the first step in the growing and healing process.

 

Be comforted at this time because of the following truths from and about your Heavenly Father.

 

Romans 8:28 – All things work together for good for those that love God and are called according to his purpose.

Yes, it’s hard to see the good right now.  As I thought about you losing your hearing, I tried to imagine what that might be like.  I am deaf in one ear..so it’s not too hard to imagine.  I was listening to Klove and thought wow, I’d never hear another song again.  Earlier this morning, I heard the birds as I let the dogs out.  I’d never hear that either.  I thought about Robert’s voice and not hearing him say, “I love you honey.”  And oh, would I miss those things and no, it’s not a comprehensive list..but it gave me the picture.  Then, I thought, but in all that silence, in all the peace the silence would bring..how clearly would God’s voice be?  Surely God would speak,  Surely God’s voice would be as beautiful as the birds and as sweet as Robert’s voice.  Surely God would sing over me.  So, my friend, the noise of this earth may soon fade but the sound of God’s voice will remain.

 

 

I don’t know or pretend to have any idea how God will turn all of this into good for you my friend, but He will.  You’ve got His Word.

 

Luke 14: 26,27, 33 –

If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison….yes, even your own life.  Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.  So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.

 

You’re probably saying, “Why this verse? Where is the comfort here?”

 

Jesus, wants ALL of us.  I know that I’ve had things( and still have things b/c God is so not finished w/ me yet) in my life that have propped me up, gave me assurance that I was “ok”.  Jesus has taken each of those things away from me so that I am no longer dependent on temporary, fading and every changing “things” to know I am ok.  This hurt badly because I had spent YEARS building those props!!  So tearing them down was terribly scary and made me feel vulnerable.  But in that pain and fear, He showed me that I am ok  because HE loves me.  I base my worth and my value completely and totally on the fact that He loved ME enough to die for me to spend eternity with me.  Truth.  Hard to comprehend.  Many of us have heard it a 1000 times.  However, we don’t take it to heart, we don’t take it literally!!  So, whatever you feel may be taken away from you right now…Jesus is replacing it with Himself!!

Yes, Jesus is love, but He also drives a bargain of “all in or all out”.  This verse reminds me that He wants all of me and He wants me to love Him more than anything.  And He wants you to love him more than anything too.

 

 

I Peter 1: 6-7

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while.  These trials will show that your faith is genuine.  It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold – though your faith is far more precious than mere gold.  So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

 

I Peter 4: 19

…Trust your lives to the God who created you for he will never fail you.

 

Joshua 1:9

Be strong and courageous!  Do not be afraid or discouraged.  For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

 

 

Stay on your knees my friend.  Stay close to your loving heavenly Father.  In I Peter, Peter tells the people he was writing to over and over again that they are not citizens of this world, but are citizens of heaven.  I hope that you will find great comfort in taking God’s Word seriously when He tells us this life is short.  That we are His and He has prepared a place for us.  That heaven is our destiny for eternity.  This my friend is the truth and our reality.  Easy to grasp?  No.  A hard truth to hang on to?  Yes.  But, it is the truth.

 

Have you ever listened to any of the old Gospel hymns or even the songs the slaves used to sing?  It’s amazing how many of these songs speak about heaven, eternity and the shortness of this life.  Our American culture deceives us into thinking the here and now are so important.. but alas, the here and now are temporary..oh so temporary.

 

Have you heard the song Blessings by Laura Story?

 

Here are a few excerpts from this beautiful song.

“….You love us way too much to give us lesser things.  What if your blessings come through rain drops.  What if you blessings come through tears..what if trials of this life are your mercies in disguise?….We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love…as if every promise from your word is not enough!  All the while you hear each desperate plea….when darkness seems to win we know the pain reminds this heart that this is not our home….it’s not our home….”

 

In closing, remember Peter walked ON the water when his eyes were on Jesus!!  Keep your eyes on Jesus my friend.  Keep your eyes on Jesus my friend.

 

 

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