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"God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow into them."

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I couldn't have said it better myself - Part Three

Suffering

All of my life I have tried to use faith to avoid suffering
Asking GOD to hold an umbrella over me through the storms
Praying that no one I love would ever have to feel pain, loss, or fear
I really believed this was GODs purpose in my life
to protect me and shield me from these things

So when something did hurt, when there was loss, when I watched as those I loved suffered
I wondered where was he then?
How could he let this happen?
Why to children go hungry? why do good people lose so much?
Why does it seem like those who have little faith are never really challenged
Living the safe life, never really taking chances, never really giving their all?

Now I am realizing that I was looking at the whole thing completely backwards
That our relationship with GOD can only grow in these times of suffering
That without trials we never get to truly experience his presence
With all of our comforts it becomes so hard to really have faith
When we have nothing faith is all there is left to have
So why are we so afraid to lose everything if losing everything means being closer to him?

I think its time to stop being afraid of the suffering life brings
Its time to embrace it
Because through it we grow and learn to love
And all of these struggles are really blessings
I am no longer asking for an umbrella but a hand to hold as I walk in the rain


*ALL credit for this goes to http://fosteringawareness.blogspot.com/
Thank you for saying the words SO many of us need to hear.*

3 comments:

Karine said...

was wondering if you would like to share your adoption journey on my blog?
http://openadoptionmatters.blogspot.com/
email me crazy7bunch@cableone.net

Maggie said...

loved this post as well.

I just left you the Beautiful Blogger award on my blog!

Maura said...

Thanks so much! SO sweet of you to post this. Our foster daughter may be going home very soon as well and everyday that she is here the idea gets harder. I am going through a lot of the same emotions lately. Its though!