Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Up a creek without a paddle


This past weekend ended with tears and frustration for me. As the weekend came to the end, I was hit with new information that I would be short a full time worker during a month that all the missionaries that I depend on are out of town. That day I also got sick with a nasty cold, but because I was short a person, I had no choice but to work. I laid in bed on Monday night crying out to the Lord... I'm sick, I'm short staffed and I don't know what I'm doing. I am up a creek without a paddle and I feel like I am drowning!
It was as if the Lord wrapped his arms around me and said, "This is the time that my strength is being made perfect in your weakness." I have not felt this weak for a long time and I don't like it. But the Lord continued and said, "Am I all powerful? Do you trust me?" Through the tears all I could manage was a whispered "yes."
Tuesday morning, the Lord spoke to me, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask god who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him."
I am still up a creek without a paddle... not a single trial has changed. But I am choosing to trust the One who knows made the creek.

4 comments:

Rachel said...

Jamie, I'm praying for you! I know what you mean about being weak, and having to rely on the Lord.

May the Lord give you strength as you trust Him, grace as you rely on Him, compassion and thankfulness as you look to Him, and the feeling of His loving arms about you as you serve for Him.

Psalm 44:3

Dani said...

Jamie:

well, here we go!
i set up my own account so that i could leave a comment.

It sounds like god trusts you to me... I know that this may not make sense, but i feel that god gives the most challenging experiences to the ones that he trusts are strong enough to handle them. He never abandons you, he gives you the strength.

I'll be praying for you!
Danielle

Rising from my Ashes said...

Could Dani be correct that "god gives the most challenging experiences to the ones that he trusts are strong enough to handle them"?

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