This video really touched me today, here's the LINK. Such a great reminder of how unearned God's grace is in my life. And also the fact that his grace often comes through our pain. I've wrestled with this one. Why does God allow such intense suffering in such undeserving lives?
This verse struck me this weekend as I wrote a friend who lost her mother suddenly to cancer last August and now her brother to a car accident this past weekend. I've read 1 Corinthians 1:3-5 a bunch of times, but somehow missed verse 5. As sufferings overflow, Christ's comfort overflows. Wow. This doesn't mean that loss doesn't leave a void or wound us deeply in some way, but it does mean that Christ's comfort will overflow. It almost seems to me that suffering is a privilege because it strips us of what's unimportant and allows us to experience more of Christ, more of his comforting nature.
This past year there was a family who experienced God's comfort in a way that impacted me forever, as they lost their 8 year old daughter to leukemia. This family doesn't know me, but their son was in the same class as Haley, so I kept up with their journey through her (and other friends who know them). I went to the memorial service and the mother's peace struck me, it was unnatural, clearly a gift from God. What also touched me was what how the Pastor responded to the father's question, "Tell me this is not okay?" to which the Pastor responded, “This is not O.K. and you will always walk with a limp”.
This side of heaven suffering may leave us with a limp, but I know that on the other side of heaven it will make perfect sense.