~by Donna Kauffman
For which cause we faint not, but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. 2 Corinthians 4:16,17
In less than three months’ time, Bob and I faced grief seven different times through the deaths of friends. Many of them were younger people and victims of cancer. My mind reeled from the trauma.
There were times I felt desperate as I sat at yet another funeral. At times, I opted for anger. Other times it was fear; I felt insecure. What is this pain in my leg? This spot on my back is growing. I wondered if I should make a doctor appointment just to rule out some things. Other weeks my heart felt faint. Depression hung over my head like a stifling black cloud full of heavy storms.
Then, in love, the Father came. He met me so many times, in many different places and in various ways, as I journeyed through this valley of death and sorrow. His message of strength and hope didn’t end when
the funerals stopped. Days, weeks, even months later He continued to pour truth and hope into my life.
One fact that He spoke loudly to my heart was that though my outward man wanted (at times) to perish, my inward man was renewed every day. This affliction by earthly standards did not feel light, but truly, my affliction was light beside the Father’s desire for me. He had a greater purpose—that of uniting my heart to His in deeper, richer ways.
Prayer: My Father, I worship You. You have so touched my heart so many times with Your very Presence. Amen.
Ponder: When you feel heavy with disappointments, reach out to the Father. He will touch you and bring you comfort.
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