When Suffering’s Worn You Weary

I met Shayne at the scene. One headlight dangled precipitously and the axle was shoved all the way to the right. Our only reliable vehicle limped and skidded onto the tow truck, through no fault of our own. We’re thankful that all bodies are intact- such things put matters in perspective. It’s our finances that may feel the concussion. Insurance tends to have a DNR on vehicles long in the tooth, and it will be an open handed wait to see how the Lord provides. We’re hoping that the payment will be fair.

At points, life can seem like a long strand of black pearls. The incidents tend to come grouped. You learn to slide your hand over the bumps, waiting to see why you’ve been handed the string. With practice, the fingers slide from problem to promise: “All things work together for good”. I believe that they do. They always have.

This morning, I’m reminded of a piece of insight that came to me a few years ago, one that lifts my chin again today. It’s written straight from God’s own perspective.

Men often wonder how My Word, “I will turn all things for the good of those who love Me and are called according to My purpose” can be fulfilled. 

Do not doubt Me in this. It’s a thing on which you can rest like firmest bedrock. 

Have you noticed the giant blue whale, with it’s straining teeth? It eats by drinking in a huge gasp of water, filling its whole mouth and soul with the experience of the sea. The water rushes in full through the chasm. Water, sea sediment, toxins, pollution, and tiny sea animals: My feast for the king of the ocean. 

As it exhales over it’s gills, all that is waste is expelled, leaving the bountiful and useful treasure (the microscopic krill) trapped in the combs of baleen. 

It’s a feast, hidden to the naked eye, but such a bounty; richest fare for a mighty whale to enjoy. He takes in heaping gulps in faith, knowing that even in the dim water, there must be joy and riches waiting there. Only in the filtration will the feast be delivered. 

You must treasure this image. You must cast aside all fear that if you drink to the dregs the horrible thorny circumstance that surrounds you, no gain will result. 

No, consider the whale, a giant and an important creature, but fed on so many small things, small grains of life in the ocean. So are you too! Drink the mix. Swallow the whole. Let earth’s terrors and tragedies come. I have hidden in the murky water treasures that you can only find there. Believe Me, you will be rich. 

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will feed you the richest of fare! 

You will strain out the refuse of every circumstance as you listen richly and carefully to Me, knowing what to keep and what to throw away. My guidance to you on this earth will be the baleen that traps every wonderful thing there was to glean from the horrors. 

You will be filled. Filled, even in the midst of suffering, because the night yields its treasures. I have commanded it to be so. I have laden the waters in your midst with great wonders. 

You must take it inside deeply, asking only to be filled, trusting that I might need you to fulfill this thing on which you embarked. Take your need, then bring the spare to Me and I will show you what it is that you truly have there. What you hold may be of more value and worth than any gold ever claimed. So, drink deep, and trust that I know. There will be riches to bear.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” Romans 8:28 NLT

*If you’d like to read more in this vein, you might enjoy the eBook, Quiet Space, which contains similar writings. If you’re a member of the email list, you have a copy ready and waiting for you (you’ll find it attached to your welcome message). If you’d like to have it resent, just let me know and I’ll be happy to forward you another copy!

 

photo courtesy of U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via wikipedia commons

 

 

2 thoughts on “When Suffering’s Worn You Weary”

  1. I love it. Shall we accept good, and not adversity?
    I remember deciding that no matter what the struggle or suffering, I was not going to let it go until I found (was given) the diamonds in the rough, the precious pearls of wisdom, some understanding. If I was going to slog through it, it wouldn’t be going to waste. Likely I would be stronger; better than that, I might have some small gift for someone on their own journey when they had become weary and overwhelmed.

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