after an entire day of tears and pressing into the Lord with my
heartache, i felt like i had been to church. i almost told someone,
"at church today . . ." but remembered i hadn't actually been in
the building. why did it feel as if i had? i think it is because
when we suffer and lean into Him, we feel very near to Him.
jp recently posted an inspiring quote from anne lamott at her
witty blog, seens from the back of my eyelids, which holds an
answer to my question. "when God is going to do something
wonderful, He always starts with a hardship; when God is going
to do something amazing, He start with an impossibility."
one of my heroes of the faith, richard wurmbrand, supplies his
perspective. he was tortured in a communist prison during the
cold war for his faith. after he was released from prison, he
frequently referred to those days of glory.
"in our darkest hours of torture, the Son of Man came to us,
making the prison walls shine like diamonds and filling the
cells with light."
that surpasses any church service i have attended, but oh, the
cost. please pray for our brothers and sisters of the faith who
are being persecuted today from azerbaijan to yemen.
"then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to
death, and you will be hated by all nations because of Me."
i'm linking to spiritual sundays!