Friday, February 15, 2008

Sorrow

A wonderful friend shared this with me today.



“As a child of God, my attitude toward sorrow and difficulty should not be to ask that they be prevented, but to ask that God protect me so that I may remain what He created me to be, in spite of all my fires of sorrow. Our Lord received Himself, accepting His position and realizing His purpose, in the midst of the fire of sorrow. He was saved not from the hour, but out of the hour. We say that there ought to be no sorrow, but there is sorrow, and we have to accept and receive ourselves in its fires. If we try to evade sorrow, refusing to deal with it, we are foolish. Sorrow is one of the biggest facts in life, and there in no use in saying it should not be. Sin, sorrow, and suffering are, and it is not for us to say that God has made a mistake in allowing them. Sorrow removes a great deal of a person’s shallowness, but it does not always make that person better. Suffering either gives me to myself or it destroys me. You cannot find or receive yourself through success, because you lose your head over pride. And you cannot receive yourself through the monotony of your daily life, because you give in to complaining. The only way to find yourself is in the fires of sorrow. Why it should be that way is immaterial. The fact is that it is true in the Scriptures and in human experience. You can always recognize who has been through the fires of sorrow and received himself, and you can always go to him in a time of trouble and he has plenty of time for you. But if a person has not been through the fires of sorrow, he may turn you away. If you will receive yourself in the fires of sorrow, God will make you nourishment for other people....”



I hope to someday be nourishment for someone else.

Thanks Cheri you are one of those people for me.

1 comment:

Cindy said...

Very well said! And you will be nourishment, Jessica, sooner than you might think.