Written by Jan Verhoeff
Did you know you can trust in God ALWAYS. Forever, in ALL things, you can choose to be grateful and appreciate His blessing, because once you believe, His blessing belongs to you. He couldn’t anymore NOT bless you, than He could cease to exist, because God ALWAYS fulfills his promise.
A day or so back, I was reading a blog post by a good friend who experienced what has remained ‘the worst event’ of her life, five years ago. She lost her husband to a horrid illness, totally unexpectedly. Her experience of life has been shared via her blog, and via her books – she’s now published two books – through the words God gave her the talent to write, through the pain and anguish of losing her husband, a dear and treasured husband and father.
Before I go any further, I want you to realize that I’m not in any way minimizing her love for her husband, or the pain she experiences daily as she travels this road.
What I am doing is recognizing – from a distance – the blessings God has bestowed in this young woman’s life as one who understands the view of ‘being grateful in ALL things’ even when we can’t see the blessing, because we are still suffering the pain.
We all have family or friends, or perhaps even ourselves, who have lived with illness, or died from illness and we know God didn’t ordain those deaths, or illnesses, but he didn’t HEAL them either. Sometimes, God’s answer is ‘No’ is the premise of Tricia’s blog article. And I would dare to disagree, not that God doesn’t always heal, but that his answer to healing isn’t ever ‘No’.
Late in 1998, a longtime friend and pastor from my youth, passed away and his wife said, “God takes care of his own.”
I used to struggle with that thought.
Although, my grandparents were believers and when the angels came to take them home, they didn’t suffer. They passed quickly, unexpectedly, into the arms of God. When my mother was dying with cancer, I knew she would not suffer long. I knew God was going to take her home… For it is written, that man will not live forever.
That’s when I began to realize the meaning of “God takes care of his own.”
This doesn’t mean that we will not suffer, or that we will not die, only that God is there. He calls us to rejoice evermore, and then he sticks by us in our hour of need. He is faithful to be near.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
God promises that ALL things are meant for His Glory, and that ALL things that happen to us, happen in such a way that we can rejoice.
I would be hard pressed to tell you I was grateful in the time of my mother’s illness, but I remember many things through that time that brought joy and rejoicing. I can tell you that today, I rejoice in the fact that she didn’t suffer long and horribly, and that she knew her home would be Heaven. Even though I miss her in ways I never once imagined, I’m satisfied knowing that we’ll meet again in Heaven.
In no way would I ever imply that Tricia should be grateful in losing her husband. I know the horror of being a single mom, and I would never wish that on anyone, ever. I do know that through trust and faith, she has stepped into the Grace God offered, and what was a horrible truth, has become a blessing to many as Tricia continues to seek the face of God and offer her life as a sacrifice to teach all that she’s learned through this experience. And, as a friend looking in from the outside, I don’t see the horrors she faces every day, but I do see the blessings she’s been able to offer others. God has poured out abundant blessings from her experiences.
As children of God, we must know that the body of Christ will not be equally strong, but will be dependent on our interactive service, trust, and obedience to God as we all serve Him.
While we go about our days rejoicing evermore, and pray without ceasing, we can trust in God always, and in ALL things be grateful.