Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Devotional -Snapshot 30 - Suffering

"We must not despair when we are tempted but, instead, seek God more fervently, asking for his help in this time of tribulation." Thomas a Kempis The Imitation of Christ

"But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you." 1 Peter 5:10

On October 14, 2003 I picked up a rock from the coast of the Pacific ocean.

It was once loose sand but thousands of years of pressure and heat took place solidifying it into one hard mass. One day it was lifted up out of the dark underground and broke free. Still sharp and rough-edged the ocean had its way with the little stone, until eventually it is swept ashore along the rocky beach of Oregon. I found it smooth, round, easy to hold.

So your life. Give God time. You will break free. Don't give up. Stay in the ocean of God's love as He buffets you from wave to wave, smoothing the rough edges into an "easy to hold" stone.

I know your life holds its own peculiar set of troubles and worries, but remember that the God of all grace who called you will strengthen and settle you. What a wonderful promise! What a wonderful Savior! It is glorious to be His child!

"No pit is so deep that God is not deeper still." Corrie Ten Boom

When I see you, my dear friend, I see hope.

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