Wednesday, April 04, 2012

[dear friend]

When you first shared your struggle, I have to admit I was stunned and surprised.  I had no idea what to say or think, for yours was a wrestling I'd never encountered before.  Yet you were so free with your words and your trust that I found my heart bleeding with compassion for yours.

I don't know what the future holds for you, but I'm finding that He's drawing me to lift up prayers, begging for grace and peace in your world.  Frankly, I'm a little scared that He won't answer, for perhaps this is all for His glory, and like the thorn of Paul, it's meant to bring Him glory.

"Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.  But He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' " (2 Cor. 12:8-9 ESV)

What if your pain is for Him?  What if He's chosen this for you and it will not change?  Your struggle creates a struggle in my own heart, and I'm left to wonder if that's part of the plan.  Does He want my faith to grow too?  Do I need to share in your battle so He can win the one in my own heart?

I know this God is great and completely powerful; He's our healer and He's the grace-giver.  I do not doubt his love for us, and I do not question His sovereign plans.  So what's left for me to do?

Have faith.
no matter what

I don't understand why the affliction has fallen upon you, at least not in my earthly mind.  I pray for deliverance and new life. I pray for healing and peace.  I beg for a miracle.

yet I will surrender to His will.


Nikki said...

What an amazing friend you are. I'm so thrilled He's won your heart and you're willing to use it for His glory. Keep striving! :) love and hugs to you!

Sarah Koci Scheilz said...

Katie . . . I feel like this could have been written from you (or from any friend!) to me, or from me to a friend. Beautiful words here, and you touched quite a chord! God is good in everything. Love you!

T Sam said...

Thank you! :) You bless my socks off. Forrealsies.

Amy McCollister said...

Oh how I have longed to say, and to hear these words in several circumstances. :) Beautiful words here friend. Love you!


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