Mountaintop View

It is a fact of Christian experience that life is a series of troughs and peaks. In His efforts to get permanent possession of the soul, God relies on the troughs more than the peaks. And some of His special favorites have gone through longer and deeper troughs than anyone else.

-Peter Marshall

             So what are we to do when we are suffering? First Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us to "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus."
              Rejoice always? How do I rejoice in the midst of my suffering? Today is day 41 of pain in my hip. Doctor thinks I pulled a muscle...I think he is wrong. I have never pulled a muscle that feels like a stabbing every time I take a step. Each passing day the pain is worse! Really?!! Why now? Why this? I had so much planned this month and my daughter's birthday is in 9 days. I had to borrow a walker from my neighbor so I can hobble around my house. I finally ventured out of my house today and that was a huge mistake!!! pain is now radiating down my leg...anyway in the middle of this much pain I am still called to rejoice.
             I look and see my beautiful, sleeping baby girl and realize what a blessing I have and I rejoice. I look across the room and see my husband studying God's Word and I am so thankful for all God has done to bless my marriage! Most importantly, I can rejoice in knowing my sins are forgiven and that I have full assurance of my salvation! AND...I am one day closer to being in my glorified body and being with my Savior! Hallelujah!
              Are you in in a valley in life right now that seems endless with no point? Take heart and know that God not only knows where you are, He planned it and loves you! He will not take you anywhere where His grace cannot keep you! His eyes never leave you! That He promises. Take comfort in Him!


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