“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” James 1:2&3 The Message (a commentary)
When David was diagnosed with cancer and life went into a spin, somehow our little normal family came into the spot-light. It was totally unplanned on our part and certainly not something we sought. As a matter of fact, because we had worked around some “famous” people years before, our motto has always been, “It’s nice being nobodies.” 🙂 Last October left us feeling a little “forced into the open”, as the verse says.
During those seemingly endless days at the hospital I wrestled long and hard with why God allows suffering. It doesn’t feel like a big issue to me now, but back then, when David was in terrific pain, I talked to God about it a lot. I even wrote about it and many people read.
Maybe this is very obvious to you, but it has been a bit of a revelation to me; that God allows His children amazing opportunities through suffering. Opportunities to live in the light for a time and hopefully shine for Him. Remember the verses about believers being the light of the world?
“A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” (Matt5:14-15 NIV)
Those days were a few in the grand scheme of things; a few days to sit on a “hill” and shine my light to those around me. How ever you want to look at it; God caused it, allowed or because there’s sin in the world, either way He uses EVERYTHING for good and the spot-light was aimed directly on us.
Where do you sit right now? What’s your suffering ? Shine brightly from your stand and know that your faith-life has been forced into the open to give light to all those in darkness.