Tuesday, October 21, 2008

One challenge for another...

Tomorrow I get to speak to a women's bible study group and then I get to head directly to the airport. It's been a crazy day to say the least, but not in a bad way. I've been looking forward to both events for a long time and the fact they are on the same day feels quite perfect. God's timing is amazing!

I am speaking on Psalm 91 and how trusting God and taking refuge in Him during times of trouble is a gift He offers us. My season of challenge has been colored by an insidious, invisible illness that almost robbed me of my marriage and my family. Thankfully we are experiencing the healing power of the Lord and things are under control. The thing is...painful things often act as a megaphone from God, causing us to seek Him and hoping that He will cover us. C.S. Lewis said, "Pain is God's megaphone..." it's how he gets our attention. Wouldn't it be nice if God could get our attention without all this pain? It feels unbearable while we are experiencing it and we often make promises to never, ever forget how awful our experience was. Time passes and lo and behold, we are right back where we were before. Maybe that's part of the plan, the same thing keeps coming around until we learn the lesson.
In any case, I know that even though we have moved through one challenging season another one will follow. I hope that I'm better equipped the next time around.


Amy said...

I'll be praying for you in the morning. I know you'll do an awesome job! It's awesome to see how God has worked in your life. Sorry I didn't call you back yesterday, I was out with clients most of the afternoon. Have a great trip and I'll give you a call in a couple of days! Love you, Amy

Sarah said...

I can't wait to hear you speak! See you in a couple of hours!