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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Invisible Blessings

This was the Elisabeth Elliot newsletter for today.. I thought I would share it here :) I love reading articles by Elisabeth Elliot, and have many of her books. I especially love it when the daily newsletter seems to pertain to what we are going through at the time. Right now for our family, it has been learning to wait, and persist faithfully with what God has given us.. and wait even more faithfully and patiently (hard lesson indeed!) for what His plans and purposes for us are.

Invisible Blessings

"Being very much of the earth--earthy--we always want tangible, visible things--proofs, demonstrations, something to latch onto. If we always had them, of course, faith would be "struck blind." When Jesus hung on a cross, the challenge was flung at Him: Come down! He stayed nailed, not so that spectators would be satisfied (that miracle, his coming down, would have been a great crowd-pleaser), but that the world might be saved.

Many of our prayers are directed toward the quick and easy solution. Long-suffering is sometimes the only means by which the greater glory of God will be served, and this is, for the moment, invisible. We must persist in faith. God has a splendid purpose. Believe in order to see it."

"Our troubles are slight and short-lived, and their outcome an eternal glory which outweighs them far. Meanwhile our eyes are fixed, not on the things that are seen, but on the things that are unseen" (2 Cor 4:17, 18 NEB).
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None of us like long-suffering. Even though our family is going through a difficult season of waiting, I consider us to be very blessed. There are so many people suffering far more than we are. Let us always press on, and ask only for enough 'daily bread' for the day God has given us! He always has a good purpose!
Many blessings, ~*~Jessica~*~

2 comments:

Emily said...

This is beautiful! I think it's true no matter what trial we are going through! Thank you for sharing this today. Have a wonderful day!

My Own Terms said...

Beautiful post...and a very close subject to my heart as well. I just said to a girlfriend at church (it was my first time back in 2yrs), that I think sometimes God needs to have us go through the trials in order for us to learn to be faithful to him, and trust him.

Be blessed

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