Monday, May 7, 2012

Looking Back

A dear friend and fellow adoptive parent is aware of our struggles as we wait on the Lord to bring healing in the way I mentioned in my last post.  This friend emailed Mark and me today with an excerpt from the second page of John Newton's autobiography, "Out of the Depths."  So good.

Looking Back
For us, however, there is a time coming when our spiritual warfare
will be finished, our perspective enlarged, and our understanding
increased.  Then we will look back upon the experiences through which
the Lord led us and be overwhelmed by adoration and love for Him!  We
will then see and acknowledge that mercy and goodness directed every
step.  We shall see that what we once mistakenly called afflictions
and misfortunes were in reality blessings without which we would not
have grown in faith.  Nothing happened to us without a reason.  No
problem came upon us sooner, pressed on us more heavily, or continued
longer than our situation required.  God, in divine grace and wisdom,
used our many afflictions, each as needed, that we might ultimately
possess an exceeding and eternal weight of glory, prepared by the Lord
for his people.

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