Think about it. The stuff of life can either make us bitter or better. Very often it's a mixture of both bitterness and "betterness." Sometimes it's bitter before it gets better. At least that's my experience.
At different points in my life, when suffering came my way, I wasn't able to make sense of it no matter how hard I tried. A deep unspoken bitterness filled my soul. Suffering, sorrow, irreconcilable differences, and loss taught me more about life and God's faithfulness than reading a self-help book. Even if it was written by a Christian author.
For some reason, God has ordained that through trials and tribulations we learn more about HIM than on level paths or mountaintops.
God meets us in our bitterness of soul. LOike Elijah, we have to get quiet, stop flailing, and listen to the whisper of God.
It's in those times, we let go of all the stuff we thought we needed. You know what I mean.
The visibility, the influence, the favor, the open doors of opportunity.
Isaiah 42:16 I will lead the blind along unfamiliar paths, I will guide them;
It's here we discern God differently because He's speaking softer. It's in this place we notice how close God is to our broken and bitter hearts.
Isaiah 42:16 continues by saying;
I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.
This new terrain is where God plans for us to be fruitful once again. It's on this new terrain, that we begin to think of others. We see a need and this new compassion compels us to act. Our thoughts and actions are less about us and more about caring for the widow, orphans, poor and needy.
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