Tuesday, August 12, 2008

It is but for a moment...

My pastor (my sweet husband) preached a message this Sunday that is still with me today. I have been playing the Scripture he shared over and over in my mind. My heart has been heavy lately with some things that I think I do have control over - but lost it - and some things that I don't have control over at all. I don't like it when things are "unsure" or "unsettled". I like a plan. I like to know what to expect...no, I am not a control freak. Why do you ask? *Ehem*
Anyway, he preached from 2 Corinthians 4:15-18 which says:
15For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
16For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Aren't those verses powerful? I was so encouraged by it. We can not understand why bad things happen to good people. We will never understand why storms come into our lives, but let's remember that they are but for a moment.
Remember when you went through that hardship a while back? At the time, it seemed impossible to get through - but you did. Now, it is but a memory. You may have even grown from the situation. I know that when it rains, it pours. Yes, some things will not pass away as easily, but it is what life is all about. We have to take the good and the bad.
Do not be discouraged my friend. Like I said, my heart has been heavy and still is in some areas, but I feel as if the burden was made lighter by this Scripture reference.

It is my prayer, for all of my friends and family out there, that you will look on that which you can not see - not just what is in front of you - and have faith. Be strong. You too can be renewed day by day.


Sue said...

Sherry, Sherry, Sherry such wonderful words. I have been praying for you as I have noted from your posts that you're going through some stuff. Just know you are lifted in prayer.

I'm PMing you at scrapshare with the rest of my thoughts.

Traci said...

love that section of scripture.. It always puts things in perspective for me.

CloverGirl said...

This is so true, Sherry! The entire time I was going through radiation, I never thought I'd make it. People kept telling me that God never gives us more than we can handle, and I'd say that he mixed me up with someone else and has the wrong person then.

In the end, I got through every bit of that and have said before that it's proven to me how strong I am. My faith in God was paramount through that, and I've realized that God provides for us even in the hard times.

Thanks for the reminder. :) I'm praying that everything is O.K. with you.

SavedbyGrace said...

Oh dear Sis,
I am fervently praying for your situation. God is always sufficient. I love you

Tammi said...

It's so true about the storms, once they have passed you just can't believe that you actually went through it all. What is so awesome is that after you have walked through the storm, you can look back and see our great God's Hand in all of it!! I'm so thankful of the healing that has already taken place.