This is a highlight in our lives right now.
We are taking care of a pair of kittens while Sis and hubby are on a trip.
It’s a bright spot in our days which have felt overwhelming to say the least.
With our daughters both taking trips to the ER.
With our water and electrical issues.
With the blessings and work of updating the bathroom and Jase’s bedroom.
With our daughter’s car breaking down.
With the stress and upheaval at my husband’s job.
With Christmas and basketball and family commitments.
We are weary, injured, and a bit raw.
I can slightly imagine what Job felt like when he said, “Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.” Job 14:1 NKJV
Yes, at times it feels like there is so much trouble.
Pain and need and loss.
Where is the rest in it all?
Where is the comfort?
There is an answer.
He was with us in the hospital while we waited eagerly to hear if our daughter had internal bleeding.
He was with us when we walked the yard trying to find out why our well wasn’t working.
He was guiding while we prayed about which project to finish first.
He was comforting when we sat together and cried.
He was teaching when we opened our hearts to one another and prayed for answers.
Job was answered too.
God Himself spoke with Job,
And Job learned.
I wish we were past all these things.
I wish lessons were easier.
But in these moments of selfish weakness I’m reminded.
It is the difficult costly things which are so valuable.
Character is honed through trials.
Faith is built by walking through the unknown and trusting God.
Patience is gained by learning to wait with joy and by repeated lessons of trying.
Honor and dignity are traits of those who walked through the stressful, painful, costly, and long suffering with joy, meekness, wisdom, peace, and perseverance.
No wonder the Lord has had me reading James.
I cling to these verses and pray to be able to be peaceful, wise, gentle, loving, and kind.
James 1:2-4 “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”