From my QT today

March 11, 2009

“7But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. 12So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

13It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, 14because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. 15All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

2 Corinthians 4:7-18

A lot of people have been asking how I’m doing. Admittedly, I’ve been better but all things considered, I’m okay. I am very very sad, which is to be expected but I’m not falling apart.

This is why.  I am convinced that my God knows me and I know Him. I know who I was created to be. God made me of tough stuff and has given me a remarkable ability to know what to do in times like these, for which I’m thankful. Tonight, I’ve seen a glimpse of my role in God’s purposes and I am joyful (yes, even now) that I was faithful in small things. I don’t feel helpless about the situation. I know what my role in all this is. And in return for obedience, I am more than well looked after. It is well with my soul.

What is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

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