1 Peter 4:12-13
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice in so far as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
Thought for the Day: Sometimes it takes the pain to recognize God’s love for us.
She calmly said, “Mark, you need to get him in the car and take him to LeBonheur in downtown Memphis.” Those words rang through Mark’s ears and then into mine as we quickly put our two month old, Nathaniel, in the car. When we arrived, we knew instantly that our friend, a neonatal nurse, had already called ahead and they had nurses and doctors ready for our arrival. Our baby had stage 5 Bronchiolitis with RSV and was admitted for a three day period to clear his lungs. In that moment of time, our friend went from being a church friend who we admired and loved, to one who saved our child’s life. Since that time, when we think of her, we immediately think of her with great thanksgiving for what she did for our little boy almost 12 years ago.
Isn’t that how we are in our relationship with God? We go through our daily routine saying our blessings before meals and asking for God’s help throughout the day. But when do we really recognize God the most in our lives? We recognize Him when we have gone through pain and hardship. We recognize Him when He takes us through the storm to see his peaceful calm on the other side. When we heard those words, “Get him in the car and take him to LeBonheur”, we entered a very scary three day storm. When we realized our little baby was going to be okay and could look back on the situation, we quickly realized that our friend, Jody, was more than a friend. She was our miracle. When we all realize that we have come through a storm, we can quickly realize once again, that God is our Savior.
Prayer: God, thank you for reminding us, even in the pain, that you are our Savior. Help us look ahead just as we look back to see how your hand has led. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE IN A STORM IN LIFE