I am often keenly aware of the fact that this life is full of trials…sorrow…disappointments. I listen to the prayer requests at church where people I care about tell of aging parents, friends and loved ones that have been diagnosed with cancer – or some other disease. Folks share of relationship strains, difficulties in their jobs, financial difficulty, and how they feel distant from God.
As I read God’s Word, I am reminded that none of this is really new. The Old Testament – as well as the New Testament – had it’s share of all of the above. And more. So I have to ask, why am I surprised when trials come? Why do I think that my family, or friends, should be immune to them?
Last night at church, our music minister lead us through a beautiful song that really sums all of this up.
This song has special meaning. It reminds me of friends who lost their precious baby when he was almost full term. Her due date was very close and he went to be with his Heavenly Father. Their strength, their testimony lived out during the days following his passing was simply amazing. The mom, my sweet friend, reminded countless people that even though she had lost her child, she was blessed. I stood in amazement of her. I still do. To this day, I get tears in my eyes when I hear this song. Hearing it humbles me. It reminds me that in ALL, I am to be thankful. In ALL, I am to praise Him.
I have no idea what you may be facing but I do know that He is with us “in the desert place”…He is with us “in the land that is plentiful”…He is with us when “the sun’s shining down” and “on the road marked with suffering.”
And so….Still I will say, “Blessed be the name of the Lord!”
Joy to You!