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Lessons in Trials and Leaning

August 24, 2011

Yesterday I attended a friend’s memorial service. She was a young woman, just 37 years old. Two and a half years ago she was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer at the same time they confirmed they were expecting their seventh child. You can read her wonderful testimony here: AmyCaldwellBixby. It isn’t a really sad story because Amy was a joyful and energetic Christian lady.

Although she was a catalyst for the service last night, it wasn’t really about her as much as it was about our Great God and Christ, the firstfruits of the resurrection. It was about death being swallowed up in victory; about Amy overcoming cancer and not cancer overcoming Amy. If you are a Christian, you understand this and if not, I recommend reading Amy’s blog titled “The Valley of the Shadow of Death.”

We need to walk worthy of God, wherever He calls us and on any path He leads us. Knowing that our earthly afflictions can work an exceeding and eternal weight of glory. God, in His love, allows trouble in our lives. Maybe we are not the ones with a cancer, but rather, the ones left here, on earth, seemingly alone. Each of these is a hardship, not one harder than the other, but both from the hand of a loving God, with a purpose to draw the bearer of the burden closer to Himself.

Today will not be a perfect day for any of us. Each  of us will be exposed to some trial. Maybe it is weighty and maybe it ranks in the irritation category, but nevertheless, we will have a choice to make in how to respond. Do not despair, Christian, but by your attitude and action, glorify God.

Our Savior knows our feebleness and He wants to be our strong arm. Let Him strengthen you, because it is in our very weakness we experience His mighty power. It is in these circumstances that our faith blossoms and moves from the abstract to the concrete. Do not miss a chance to find God sufficient for every trial. Lean wholly on Him.

Soar we now where Christ has led,

Following our exalted head;

Made like Him, like Him we rise;

Ours the cross, the grave, the skies.

Hail the Lord of earth and heaven!

Praise to thee by both be given;

Thee we greet triumphant now;

Hail, the Resurrection, thou!

– Charles Wesley

One Comment leave one →
  1. Gwengirl permalink
    September 14, 2011 12:28 pm

    When I first found out I had cancer about 3 1/2 years ago, I found this verse to be a great comfort and answer to my soul, (even though the context doesn’t mean suffering with cancer),
    I Peter 4:19 “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.”

    God will keep our souls and He is a Faithful Creator! My Creator made me the way He wanted me to be, with cancer at that time, and a year and a half of remission, and now to face again its possible recurrence, I hope to deal with it for His Glory. He creates us vessels for His use and our trials are not a surprise Him rather they are for His Glory, Praise the Lord God Almighty!

    We all should turn our trials back to God in the form of Praise!

    How wonderful that God strengthens us and carries us through all our trials! Praise to the Lord for Amy’s witness here on earth. I will keep her family in prayer!

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