So often when we go through situations in life which require suffering on our part, we tend to feel abandoned and forsaken by the Lord. However, the Bible tells us in Hebrews 5:8 that though Jesus was the Son of God, He learned obedience from the things He suffered. I certainly do not believe I am abandoned or forsaken by my heavenly Father because I am allowed to experience periods of suffering. I have come to understand that He is teaching me obedience and helping me to grow stronger in Him through these periods of suffering because He loves me. If Jesus learned obedience through the things He suffered, who am I to expect anything less? In any situation we are faced with, we must do all that we know to do, to the best of our ability while seeking the Lord’s guidance and placing our faith, our trust and our hope in Him to do those things which we cannot.
A big lesson for me was learning to be content in whatever situation I may be experiencing in life. Raising a mentally disabled child, my husband and I both losing our jobs on the same day due to a declining economy, taking on the responsibility of raising a grandchild and a husband working in the middle of a war zone have all provided me plenty of
oppor tunities to exercise contentment.
One of my favorite quotes is by Helen Keller, “Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn whatever state I am in, therein to be content.” Helen Keller was deaf and blind but she still learned to be content in whatever state she was in. That is amazing to me! Could you imagine ever being content in a state of silent darkness? I often
reflect on this quote and think about this amazing woman whenever I come to a point of feeling sorry for myself. I realize then, that I truly have so very much to be thankful for.
For me, achieving a state of contentment required me realizing that most of the things that seemed so significant to me at one point in my life are truly insignificant. The most significant things in my life are my faith in God, knowing He loves me and trusting Him and His promises to me in His Word. In Hebrews 13:5 we are given instruction and a promise; “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
I am faced with many situations in my life right now that could tear me apart if I allowed them too by focusing on the negatives and permitting fear to take over. Steve and I are experiencing a major lifestyle transition and my middle daughter has chosen a very dangerous path in life. I never know from day to day if that day will be the day I receive a phone call informing me she has been seriously injured or killed. However, instead of
submitting to a life of fear, I choose to rest in the promises of my heavenly Father. I know that God is in control of the heavens, the earth and every situation in my life. I know He loves me and has promised to never leave me or forsake me. He will not burden me with more than I can handle because Philippians 4:13 tells me that I can do all things through
Christ who strengthens me. I don’t know what tomorrow holds in store for me and my family but I do know that whatever comes our way, we will get through it. That knowledge, belief and faith comforts me and helps me so very much to find contentment in whatever state I am in each day.