Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Do you have a thorn in your side? I do. In times of trials, every minute is a battle for my faith. At times, I find myself crying out for mercy and then, I understand that while He is merciful, He is also purposeful.
He says to me, "Count it all joy."
"Yes, joy. For the trying of your faith worketh patience. Let patience have her perfect work, so that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." James 1:2-4
So each day, I battle. Every hour, I fight. Every minute I paste a pained smile over my mind. While I wait patiently for Him. All the while, rebuking the Devil's lies that He (my Father) has forsaken me. What I realize....eventually....while I am without, a slow recognition begins to form. A miraculous transformation. I SEE His daily provision. I AM waiting patiently upon the Lord.
So, bless this thorn! And count it all joy! I still battle and still I fight. This will be my lot until the Lord returns on high or until He calls me home. But, as I collect thorns throughout this life, that pained smile becomes a bit less pained.
So today, Father I praise you, I lift your name up with a thorn on my side. For I know you discipline those who you love. May you strengthen me and the calling you've placed upon my spirit and all those who may read this post. All those who have thorns. May you be glorified.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
"For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth"