Summer Lessons: It is Well …

When I asked Misty to submit her first blog post this week about her summer lessons, I didn’t realize all that would be going on for her – both in a physical and emotional sense. 

But she delivered.

And a blog post is not all she delivered. As you read this, Misty is in Louisiana selflessly delivering thousands of diapers, wipes, formula and mom-necessities for moms affected by the flood. She envisioned and spearheaded a massive donation drive alongside Memphis Moms Blog and Big League Movers. She will spend the rest of this week there, volunteering. I ask for your prayers for her and those she’s with as they help to transform Louisiana into something “new.” ~Kristin

Summer Lessons: It is Well …

(Written by: Misty Smith)

A friend posted this picture on her Facebook page.  The Louisiana floods ravaged her house, and a lifetime of belongings could not be saved and had to be thrown to the curb.

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The recent floods also impacted my 89-year- old grandmother.  She was rescued by boat.  Nothing could be salvaged from her home. She lost generations of family photos, gifts from her late husband, and special things she had planned to give her great grandchildren. I cried when I talked to her about it and told her I was sorry this happened. Her response?

“I just take what the Good Lord gives me.” 

In the midst of extreme suffering and trauma, she accepted it, acknowledged God’s sovereignty and continued to worship Him.

We have something to learn from her in this situation.

We may not be experiencing a literal flood, but at some point we have all felt flooded—with emotions, with responsibilities, with relationship problems, with the great responsibility of raising children. Sometimes we make a decision to lighten our load, and other times God calls us to walk with him in the midst of suffering.  And just like my grandmother did, He calls us to accept and submit to what He has given us.  

Acceptance and Acknowledging God’s Sovereignty

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done” Luke 22:42 (NIV)

This is a perfect example of submission to the Father’s will.  Jesus prayed in the garden prior to his crucifixion. He knows the suffering he would have to endure, and yet he completely surrendered himself to the Lord. He trusted the sovereignty of God; He knew God was in control.  He knew God would work all things together for good, and He knows that God will do this in his perfect time.  He literally presented his body as a living sacrifice, which Paul described in Romans 12:1-2 as an act of worship. So, in the midst of the most extreme suffering anyone has ever experienced, Jesus worshipped God.

Worship in Suffering

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2

How do we maintain an attitude of worship in the midst of suffering?  I know most of the time I just want to complain and whine! But as followers of Christ, we are not called to look like the world, we are called to be Christ in the world. If we are to worship God even when things are hard, even when we aren’t getting what we want, even when our expectations haven’t been fulfilled and we feel disappointed, then we must allow God to renew our minds. Meditate on the truth of scripture, and he promises to bring about a transformation!

My grandmother’s house is undergoing a transformation right now too. The entire inside has been gutted out, leaving only the roof and the frame. Workers are constructing completely new insides!

God has done the same for us—He has made us a new creation.

He is capable of taking any situation and turning it around. He has the power to transform any human life. It is my prayer that as we share in the suffering of Christ, that we would continue to love and support each other, with the same compassion and grace that God gives us and realize that all is well.

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