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Good Faith Filled Friday morning and thank you for stopping by today. Grab your journal, favorite drink and join me for a topic that we’ve often heard quoted: “I was just thrown a curve ball.”

Life, as we know, can go along pretty smoothly and then all of a sudden it can throw us a curve ball!  Sometimes we can ask the inevitable question, why, God? Why did this happen to me? I remember when our son was diagnosed at the age of 10 with a tumor behind his left ear. Although at the time, as his mom, knowing he was in his pain was extremely overwhelming, I never once gave up hope that God was going to heal him. Looking back on it, I can honestly say that we were definitely blessed during this wearisome time by many praying for us all.

Unbeknownst to us, during that time, He was preparing us for another chapter of suffering; this time we would walk through the valley of suffering with our daughter. We had choices back then, whether to cave in or to stand unwavering in our faith and that whatever choice we would make would not only affect us but also those God placed in our path along the way.

We learned right up front an important principle; it is not what happens to us that matters; it’s how we react that makes all the difference. We can either be the student, or the victim.

Paul mentions in his letters numerous times the hardships he endured in the course of his ministry. He opens his heart showing his deep emotion and reveals his strong love for the Corinthians and his passionate zeal for the glory of God. He opens a dialog in 2nd Corinthians 2: 4-7 “Who comforts us in all our tribulations that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” Paul took the risk. He preached Christ crucified! When they responded, their faith rested not on human wisdom but on the power of God.

I am certain that one time or another we all have experienced some type of pain or suffering, yet knowing the experiences we dealt with were never in vain.  Our hope is not in what man can do or say but our hope remains unwavering in Jesus, who also suffered.

God has a way of showing us the path of life; His love for us never goes unnoticed and in that He will send others to comfort us.  Through the plan of God’s will, we have had many opportunities to pray with others in similar situations. Sometimes it’s a question that does not boast of an easy answer. Indeed, sometimes as believers we can wonder about the ways of God and wander from Him. His plan is for us to return to Him, and to lead the best possible life on earth.

Sometimes we need to be reminded of our purpose, and pain is a sharp, clear tool to achieve that purpose. A needle may be necessary to prevent disease or infection; nobody welcomes or enjoys the injection, but it prevents a far greater suffering, just as what may seem like even intolerable pain now will lead to far greater happiness later.

Yet through our tribulations…afflictions… situations or circumstances, we are to remain steadfast; that command is for our own comfort, safety and salvation.  His love for us remains unwavering and absolute. Psalm 16:11 says it so clearly: there’s no doubt we can rise above our situations or circumstances, yet while we are in them we CAN have fullness of joy…because…we are in His presence. Oh, that you would let His joy take up residency and move right into your heart!

Regardless of the hardship Paul had endured as an apostle of Jesus, he set the stage by simply saying that no matter what he had suffered, it was more than worth it.

God did heal our son, and now we stand trusting He will do the same for our daughter.

“You have shown me the path to life, and you make me glad by being near to me. Sitting at your right side, I will always be joyful.” Psalm 16:11 CEV

Thanks for stopping by today’s Faith Filled Friday. Have a wonderful weekend …

Love,

Debbie Croley PicDebbie

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