I marvel at God’s timing and how He gives affirmations to us! In my devotional time this morning, God gave me these two verses: “Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Cor. 4:17) “Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” (Ps. 30:5)
These are significant to me because today is Austin’s eighteenth birthday. It makes me cry just to type these words but I am claiming the promise that the pain of missing our dear son IS ACHIEVING an eternal purpose that we can’t see right now. Difficult events in our lives don’t just happen to us but God has a reason for EVERYTHING that He allows in His children’s lives. I know that our loving “Daddy” sees us weeping and He also weeps with compassion because His original plan was not for us to experience the results of living in a sin filled world.
As I have seen Duane’s pain of losing his one and only son, I have seen in such a very small way the great love that God has for us because of Him sending His Son to suffer so agonizingly and then to die for us. Duane couldn’t do anything to shelter or avoid Austin’s suffering all the many, many times in his life. He had to helplessly stand aside and only wish that he could take the pain from Austin. How much worse was it for God to be able to stop the beatings, mockery and cruel torment but yet love us so much that He would hide His face from His Beloved Son!
I believe that it is time for us to stop questioning God and His goodness every time that we face trials and “devastating” things in this life. It is no wonder that the unbeliever wants no part in serving our God when we, as His children, also question His goodness when things don’t go our way! I, in all my human weakness, desire to shower my girls with love. I hope they know my heart well enough that they never doubt or question my deep love for them, even when I don’t allow them the things that they want or think is best for them. How much greater and perfect is God’s love to us! I want to challenge you to get to know God’s heart and be able to fully trust your “Daddy!”
Longing for Heaven,
Cindy (for The Mullett Family)