Robbie had a sleepless night last night. His pain is significant these days and he is trying to work through it with medicine and rest. Right now the kids and I are trying to let him get some sleep so that when he wakes up we can have chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast. We are going to have “family church” this morning. We have done this before and we enjoy it. Nate plays the guitar and we sing together, then usually listen to/watch online a message from a favorite teacher.
Once again this morning, I was encouraged by Charles Spurgeon’s writing as it pertains to suffering. He said, “In seasons of severe trial the Christian has nothing on earth that he can trust, and so he is compelled to cast himself on God alone.” These are days that we as a family must cast ourselves on God alone for our strength, comfort, and hope. He is using so many people, however, to meet our many practical needs so that we may focus on Robbie’s care. I cannot say enough times how appreciated it is and how unworthy we feel to receive it.
This blog has become an outlet for me, I suppose, as I tend to express myself more easily through writing. These days have been filled with joy, but also with emotions none of us have expected. If I could ask others who have been through these types of traumas, they would likely say this is normal. All I know is that I could not make it without my faith in the Lord. There are so many “gaps” in our life right now that I am asking Him to fill, trusting that He will keep us as He has kept us so far. Another line in my devotional reading this morning spoke to where we are: “When he [the Christian] is burdened with troubles so pressing and so specific that he cannot tell them to anyone but God, he may be thankful for them; for he will learn more of his Lord then than at any other time.”
If you happen to be facing trouble today, I pray that you will be encouraged with these words, too. Once again in our lives, we are learning more of the Lord’s grace, peace, keeping, provision, and presence than we do during times of ease. It is hard, to be sure, but I’d rather be clinging to Him in this ocean than be tossed by all the waves that come. I pray that you’ll cling to Him, too.
We hope you all have a restful, enjoyable Labor Day weekend. We’ll be here, so drop us a line :).