Friday, May 31, 2013

Not Only the God of Trials




It has been several months since Honeybun first struggled with unexplained lameness. Many hundreds of dollars later, and after several different diagnoses and treatments, there seems to be light in the darkness. Since discovering the "hip hound" brace, in conjunction with various treatments, she seems to be almost normal again!

Honeybun woke up walking just fine, went out the dog door just fine, down the stairs just fine, came running up the stairs just fine, and has walked all day for a few days now with no limp JUST FINE! I put her "hip hound" splint on her for our walks yesterday, and because it was hot, we didn't walk far. I will continue to use the brace because it seems to stabilize and protect her hip. But I am almost, just almost, ready to call this a miracle. It could be the result of the 7 laser treatments, or it could be that God decided to heal her. Whatever it is, I am grateful and elated. Life feels very good right now.

I spend a lot of time in my Bible studies with my daughter talking about not becoming discouraged by trials. I remind her often that trials are guaranteed to come to us, whether we claim Jesus as Lord or not. I don't want her to lose trust in God because life turns horribly difficult. I don't want her to be surprised by how hard life can be. Trials do strengthen, and do build character, and do teach resilience and determination and faith. But they are usually NO FUN.

However, God is not just a God of Trials. He also brings much beauty, and wonder, and delight, and satisfied desire. I don't think I mention that enough. Sometimes life is abundantly and overwhelmingly magnificent. Soak those times in; revel in them. They remind us a little of what heaven will be, and sustain us through the dark times.

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But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. (2 Thessalonians 3:3 NASB)



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2 comments:

  1. Desperately clinging to the thought that the God of trials (today) will be the God of triumphs (tomorrow). Hard to see the dawn when the night is long and dark though.

    I don't comment all the time, but I do read you MOST of the time.

    Hugs and love...
    Sis

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    1. Yep, it sure is hard. So soak up the good times and store them like solar batteries.

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