Tricia Underwood is a Come With Me study leader. In the blogging world she’s known as Mercy Filled Mama.
Sometimes it’s important to hear from people who are not safely on the other shore, but who are in the waves. Who know exactly how you feel right now.
Tricia shares a perspective shift that she experienced when the clouds were dark. I think she’s courageous and I love what she has to say. ~ Suzie
“Mom, why do I have to go through this?”
I had run out of textbook answers. To be honest, I had asked God the same thing myself.
Why did either of my children have to suffer?
Why have I had to go through the physical pain that has left me a completely different person than I used to be?
Why was my husband battling his own illness?
My family has been hit hard by storms. We are praying and fasting. We’ve done what we know to do. So when my children ask me why, it’s easy for me to want to blame something, someone, anyone. Yet somehow I feel their questions deserve a much deeper answer.
We often try to answer with logic, when faced with the hard “why’s.”
A local pastor, Steven Furtick, once said, “What would happen if we stopped asking, ‘God, WHY am I going through this?’ and started asking, ‘God, WHAT are you preparing me for?’”
This is a perspective shift. The first focuses on me. The second focuses on God and the purpose that may be behind a trial or hardship.
It’s a game changer.
In Luke, Peter took his eyes off Jesus and on to to the elements around him. He started to sink. Kind of like my family and I feel some days. Each time a new wave of sickness or physical injury attacks us, we are tempted to see only the storm.
After hearing Pastor Furtick share this story, I realized I had never once asked the Lord to show me what He was doing behind the scenes.
I’m asking God to show us — to show me — what He’d like to do through these storms.
Let me be used now.
We know what it feels like to be in a storm; let us be a comfort to others.
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NLT)
I am praying that this will not just be a stormy season, but a season of trust.
This is the scripture we are holding onto. May it hold you close as well.
For our momentary, light distress [this passing trouble] is producing for us an eternal weight of glory [a fullness] beyond all measure [surpassing all comparisons, a transcendent splendor and an endless blessedness]. 2 Corinthians 4:17 (AMP)
Are you in a storm? We’ve been there. We are there.
How can I pray for you today?