“I bear my witness that the worst days I have ever had have turned out to be my best days. And when God has seemed most cruel to me he has then been most kind. If there is anything in this world for which I would bless him more than for anything else it is for pain and affliction. I am sure that in these things the richest tenderest love has been manifested to me. Our Father’s wagons rumble most heavily when they are bringing us the richest freight of the bullion of his grace. Love letters from heaven are often sent in black-edged envelopes. The cloud that is black with horror is big with mercy. Fear not the storm. It brings healing in its wings and when Jesus is with you in the vessel the tempest only hastens the ship to its desired haven.” Charles Spurgeon
“Be still, my soul; the Lord is on thy side;
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul; thy best, thy heavenly, Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
“Be still, my soul; thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul; the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.
“Be still, my soul, though dearest friends depart
And all is darkened in the vale of tears;
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrows and thy fears.
Be still, my soul; thy Jesus can repay
From His own fulness all He takes away.”
“Be Still My Soul” by Catharina von Schlegel
“My suffering was good for me….”
Moving From Head to Heart
- Have you ever had your “worst” day become your “best” day? If you could go back and eliminate that day, would you?
- If you can, take a few minutes to speak to your soul using the words of this famous hymn. What feelings arise?
- Spurgeon says he would bless God for pain and affliction “more than for anything else.” Can you say that?
Abba, meet me in my pain.
For More: Then Sings My Soul by Robert Morgan
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“I practice daily what I believe; everything else is religious talk.”
In my experience, it takes a lot of pain for me to change my mind and my ways. When it gets painful enough, I move. Hence, God has to spend some time not helping… That’s always easier to appreciate when I’m not in that place of waiting (for God to help? for it to get painful enough…?).
Yes, Anyushka, I think that’s a universal experience.