In the 1800’s at 26 years of age, Karolina Wilhelmina Sandell-Berg accompained her father on a trip by boat that ended in the tragedy of his death. With a sudden jerk of the boat her father was sent overboard into the torrent waters and his life ended as she watched.
26 years old. She watches her father die. Pain. Trial. Fear.
Some time after that event she wrote these words:
Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find, to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He Whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best—
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest
It’s evident by her words “…gives unto each day what He deems best…” that this young lady had a resting peace in the sovereignty of God. And because she knew peace and rest in this situation it is evident that she knew God, heard His voice and followed Him.
My trials, tribulations, troubles, difficulties seems are so small in comparison with this. But let’s not compare. We all have things in our life that cause us to fear, worry, hurt or feel distressed. So, whatever it is, size doesn’t matter. WHATEVER IT IS happens for a purpose. My soul was so encouraged this morning when I read this text:
““My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” II Corinthians 12:9-10
My weaknesses– insults, distresses, persecutions and difficulties– situations that make me look and feel weak. I often want to escape them. Avoid them. Don’t we all? If I had the human power to remove them, I’m sure I would. But God in His wisdom and lovingkindness knows what is best– that when I am weak, when I am insulted, distressed, persecuted and faced with difficulties that’s really when I become strong because by His grace alone I become TOTALLY RELIABLE ON HIM. That is strength. Humble, leaning on the Rock. And in that God is glorified, His grace and power are displayed. His grace, His grace, His grace is sufficient.
This is my comfort in my affliction,
That Your word has revived me. Psalm 119:50
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