Food For Thought!
The pain was unbearable when I lost my wife. Then came the loneliness and the feelings of insecurities of a new life without her. After twenty-seven years of a good marriage, things would be different. But, my pain also taught me a whole lot: grace and wisdom.
When most people experience pain, whether it's lost of a love one, misfortune or family problems, they usually look for a quick fix.
Some run into the arms of a lover.
Some put themselves in unnecessary debt.
Others compromise to appease a wayward child.
Few endure the pain or better offer the pain to Jesus.
Jesus, our wonderful counselor, says that in your patience possess your soul.
This...this is so so powerful!
Our rush to judgment and our lack of patience is the root of most bad decisions and relationship blunders.
We simply didn't wait on God!
We don't wait on the unfathomable wisdom that God pours into our souls during times of pain and suffering.
Enduring our pain teaches patience.
Patience is spiritual maturity.
Let me say that again for comprehension and absorption:
patience is spiritual maturity.
We are no longer in bondage to emotions and feelings that motivate us to make mistakes and stupid decisions.
We can see clearly unencumbered by emotions that distort reality.
Life is not about sex.
It's not about relationships or money.
It's about God...loving God and with childlike, faith, walking in his grace and wisdom.
If we can endure our pain...we will see this!
"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong." (2 Corinthians 13:9-10)