Thursday, December 9, 2010

Why share our suffering?

I have been talking to Jack about this a lot lately and this is a conversation that was sparked by something my Dad said to me after we unveiled (so to speak) our blog and what our plans were by sharing our struggle openly and with the world.

Why share our suffering? The answer is simple. To give Glory to God.

Let me try to explain this as simply and as directly as I can.

If you see this super happy family, always have money, never in need or even in want of anything, always smiling, always have money in their bank account to pay all their bills and then some, always have food in their fridge, constantly going on extravagant family vacations, all of the children are happy and have every toy they could have ever wanted... And these people praise God and say how much they love God... wouldn't you sort of expect that? I mean yeah, wow, how inspiring, these people who have it all are giving credit to God. Easy for them to do right?

But what about the homeless man on the street who hasn't eaten in days and hasn't showered in months. What about him? If he gives Glory to God and Praises God and LOVES God with all of his heart, that sure moves us doesn't it?

Satan believed that also, just read the book of Job. Job had it all. Loving wife, all the money he could ever imagine, all of the things he could ever want and all of those blessings showered down onto all of his kids. Satan challenged God and said, hey God... I bet if you take all that away, he won't be so inclined to be worshiping you anymore. (Job 1:9-11) So God is all, "yeah right Satan... I know Job. He would never do what you think he would... go ahead... take everything he's got." And so Satan does.

And what does Job do? Job 1:20-21 says, then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

When you're going through trials and you can still lift up your hands and praise God and worship God for all of the amazing things that He has done and the amazing works He has performed in your life, that is how someone can successfully witness to others. Watching someone who has it all, (especially because most of us feel like we don't, right?) enjoying everything they have sure doesn't make us feel good. Sure doesn't make us sit up and take notice.

But when someone is scraping by and barely hanging on and they fall down and worship, well now, that turns heads.

I feel like this philosophy is highlighted throughout all of scripture. That all of these people going through the valleys of their lives worshipping and loving God with all their heart, all their mind and all their strength, that's how they lead new believers to Christ.


Back to the point of this post... Why do we share what we are going through and experiencing?

If we didn't share it, there would be no way to truly show the magnitude of God's love for us. If we didn't share how much sorrow comes with infertility, how can anyone really and fully understand how powerful God has been in our lives?

If I say, wow, infertility sucks. God is great! God is our strength. God makes me so happy.
No one really gets to know God. No one can see how He moves mountains in our lives. No one can see how he works miracles and weaves this amazing story through our lives and through us and through others that we meet.

Now if I tell you how many nights we fall asleep holding each other and crying, how sometimes we have called in sick to work because we were literally up crying the entire night just trying to make it through. If I explain to you what a horrible heartache it is to go through this and then because our friends don't understand our struggle that we lose our closest friends, when all we need more than anything right now is those friends. What about if I explain how infertility can rip apart a marriage. If I explain to you all the nitty gritty, things no one wants to hear because they never even could imagine how bad, let alone ever want to think about type of things... THEN and only THEN can you begin to understand what it means when we say that we LOVE God with all of our hearts. And only then does it matter when we praise Him for what He has done for us and how He has blessed our lives.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful. I totally agree. it's great to find another kindred spirit. i find family and friends dont understand and in some cases think how can they worship God in the midst of this, or they think it's that we're doing something wrong because God is 'denying us' due to 'sin' in our lives!!
    When if we grasp, like you say, (and job is one of my fav books, i want to be like him!) worship God NO MATTER WHAT, because He's God and because He comes first and he deserves all the glory and because we cant put even our dream of our children as idols above Him then actually regardless of what we go through we'll experience it differently, we'll learn, we'll grow, we'll witness, we'll accept Gods plan for our lives instead of missing it by chasing our own plan. keep bloggin girl! x

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