Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Alive in His Hand

There's no easy way to say this. Bill and I are separated. I didn't choose this path, and I don't want to walk it, but I have to believe God has a purpose for me that I don't understand right now. It'll be a week tomorrow, and up until last night I was taking it pretty well.

Over the last six months, and again in the last few days, God has led me to these verses, which give me great comfort:

  • And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast. (1 Peter 5:10)

  • I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18)

  • Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So 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 4:16-18)

Over the last week, I have definitely had the peace that surpasses understanding (Philippians 4:7). I have a lot of wonderful people who are loving me and taking care of me and my family. Many of them have told me, "You are so strong, Sarah."

I let myself believe I was strong, and maybe I even patted myself on the back now and then. 'Round about bedtime last night, though, I realized the truth. I am NOT strong. Not at all. I am absolutely weak. But that's a good place to be. For when I am weak, then He's strong. To quote a favorite song, I'm empty handed but alive in His hand. And that's a start.

Please pray for all four of us. Pray that God continues to make his comfort real to me, that I feel his unfailing love even now when the pain is so strong it takes my breath away. Pray that I will have strength and wisdom and love to walk with my children down this hard road. Above all, pray for God's mercy on us.


Victor S E Moubarak said...

Know this, and know it for sure.

God knows what has happened and He has allowed it to happen. He is still in control.

He has brought you to this and, if you trust Him, He will see you through it.

God loves you and He loves your husband and your children.

Whatever has happened has a purpose in God's eyes and sometimes we cannot see that purpose, and perhaps never will; because He does not want us to see it.

As difficult as it might be, we just have to trust Him. Through gritted teeth even. We must repeat that we trust Him.

Praise God always. Not because of what has happened. But because He is still in control of what has happened.

Rest assured that I, and others, are praying for you all.

Keep trusting. Don't give up.

God bless you all.

Gentz said...
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Sarah said...

Thank you for your kind and wise words and your prayers, Victor. You are such an encouragement to me always.

Gentle, thank you for your love and support.


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