Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Hard Places

Like any Sunday, we started off the morning by going to church. We've been going through the book of 2 Timothy where Paul writes his son in the faith, Timothy from inside a Roman prison.

Our pastors broke both books down into one theme, with several sub-themes throughout:
  • 1 & 2 Timothy–The Good Fight
    • Carrying the Legacy
    • Guarding the Gospel
    • Clinging to Sound Teaching
    • Enduring All Things
    • Being Set Apart
    • Avoiding the Corrupt
    • Preparing for Prosecution
    • Finishing the Race
    • Standing Through Opposition
This past Sunday, we listened to the message on 2 Timothy 4:9–22, Standing Through Opposition, and it seemed to speak to me. 

After a man and woman spoke a bit on their experience with foster care, we our paster began unpacking the last verses of 2 Timothy, Paul's last instructions to him. He speaks of how he had been deserted, but the Lord stood with him and strengthened him. 

Our pastor, Mark, spoke of how obeying Jesus will put us in situations that stretch us beyond our limits. It's the times where you're weak and alone, that Jesus meets you and speaks to you. He doesn't promise that following him will be easy, but it will be worth it. 

I thought of a few things during this message; losing my parents was hard. But I seemed to be focusing more on our adoption. So far, things have been pretty easy, there was that one minor mishap (I feel like things could be a lot worse than having to switch agencies), but I know that things are going to be hard. For us and our child. We're bringing a child out of their homeland, parents, language, food, everything. That would be hard for anyone to go through. Now take into consideration that it's a child dealing with this. 

As we get farther into this process, the home study, the referral, and eventually bringing our child home, things are going to be hard. Paul says that in 2 Timothy. In 4:18, he says 'The Lord will rescue me from every evil work and will bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom.' He's saying that the hard times will happen, and He will rescue us. 

And I am so thankful to live for and obey such a glorious and generous God. 

No comments:

Post a Comment

01 09 10