Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sometimes He Does; Sometimes He Doesn't

Just one. That's all she asked for. 
An impossible situation.
She was a prisoner in New Guinea during the war.
A missionary placed in a prison camp. 
Then accused of being a spy. 
Faith like a mountain. 
In the cold hard cell, Darlene Deibler Rose  gave thanks for the tile. 
It meant she was out of the dirt. 
A blessing. 
She counted her 1,000 gifts right there in the prison cell. 
A woman alone.
Her husband taken from her and gone the way of the saints. 
She was starving and diseased. 
She longed for a banana.

Ephesians 3:20
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, 
according to his power that is at work within us,

Her diet consisting only of rice. 
The God of all creation sent not one banana, but 92. 
He didn't have to. 
Sometimes he doesn't.
And sometimes he does.
He is good either way.

Psalm 100:5

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; 
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Our desire is to serve; to seek and be changed.
He uses the circumstances in our lives to mold and shape us.
To encourage others along this journey.
We may not like all we go through.

The way hard.
It is all for His glory.
Many of us have never had to suffer.
We have had much at our disposal. We lack for little.
So when hard times come we shout how unfair it is.
All the while our character is being shaped and likened unto the Father.

We have been told there will be trials.
We have been told how we should respond.

James 1:2-4

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 
because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 
 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Persevering requires dying to oneself; daily. 
Casting off all that hinders our walk. 
We long for peace, and ease this side of eternity; yet are promised trials and tribulations. 
As our troubles increase, he will all the more pour his grace out in abundance. 
He does it each day. 
His mercies sweet. 
Have eyes to see. 
Have a heart willing to yield. 

Isaiah 43:19
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? 
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

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