I haven’t written much here over the last few weeks. I want to be honest with you. Since late February, I’ve been discouraged. Very discouraged.
I’ve been facing gale-force opposition in most areas of my life. To strengthen me, my dear wife made me a small poster with these words from the apostle Paul:
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed (2 Corinthians 4:8,9).
So through this time, I have felt the closeness of my Heavenly Father, and He has inspired kind friends to support our family without them really knowing what is going on. It has been a great comfort.
I have learned many lessons over the last month. One has come home more keenly than others. It is this: That there will be times when even though you are doing everything in your power to serve the Lord and to work as hard as you possibly can to fulfill all of your duties at home, church and work, blessings can be withheld for a season as a trial of your faith.
The Lord wants to you to know where you come down when the blessings and grace you desperately need are not immediately at hand.
I know we bring many trials upon ourselves, often without knowing how or why. And so we wait and pray and work and seek to understand so we can change what we need to change.
Nonetheless, I feel comforted.
Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning (Psalms 30:5).
The light of hope has never gone out, no matter what has happened. It never will. We can refuse to see it shining, but it never goes out.