A very special pastor in Florida asked Brian and I a question "Are you just going to go through this or are you going to GROW through this? The man asking this question ministered and counseled pastors and wives who were hurting and wondering whether to continue in ministry
So I'm writing this with "the brethren" in mind. I'm thinking about family and church family. I'm reminded of our aunt who now lives in Texas. Her husband died suddenly piloting a crop duster. She was left with five young children. Her only son passed away too soon battling Lou Gehrig's disease and leaving behind a wife and two young children. A cousin in Florida is raising an autistic son. Other cousins in Texas are raising an autistic son whom they have never had a conversation with. Our youth pastor at our previous church in Florida: he and his wife are living out their testimony with a very young son battling a certain type of cancer. A couple most of us know are doing life with their baby and a very serious diagnosis.
All these brethren are praying for a miracle. Family members and friends are all immersed and praying alongside them. This is the world we all live in.
The question arises "how do we journey through the trials of this life"? I have watched people journey through trials kicking and screaming. They want others to hurt as much as they hurt. Then, I have observed others going into these dark tunnels with their eyes on Jesus and trusting Him to walk alongside, or carry them through. Do any of us do it perfectly? No, we don't. Only One on this earth lived life perfectly and He is our Redeemer.
I ask the brethren "who is getting the glory from your trial? Is it you or is it Christ Jesus"?
I Peter 4:12 "Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His Glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy".