Thank you, John, for reaffirming that testing times are times of blessing - even if it doesn't always feel that way. The Lord is in charge, He is never taken by surprise by what happens in our lives & His love & patience are infinite. We can turn to Him in all our circumstances and know we are in safe hands.
Thank you for this helpful insight, John. Although it is a dynamic that I've experienced before and understood on one level, the picture of the steam train pulling its heavy load up a hill illustrates it very clearly and enabled me to understand it at a deeper level. It's very relevant to my current experience. Over recent weeks the Lord has been leading me and I've felt excited and encouraged by what I believe he's calling me to do. However, as I've gone into the New Year I've struggled with the circumstances that have enabled me to follow that call and with the practical outworking of it. At times my feelings have felt overwhelming and I have told the Lord that it's not fair! Yet, as John wrote, I also know that he's testing me because he loves me and there are good things ahead. The knowledge of the Lord's goodness and faithfulness and his blessings do provide the impetus to keep going when the hill ahead feels steep and it's good to be reminded of that.
Thanks John. Really encouraging. This is the gritty stuff that should be talked about more in church to support people in the realness of their struggles rather than glossing over it
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