Tuesday, June 28, 2005

My Cousin Carolynn

Today I received a call from my cousin Carolynn who, with her husband Stathis, is serving the Lord in Cyprus with AMG. They are home on furlough but Carolynn has been spending most of her time with my Uncle Bram (her dad) who is not doing very well. He was recently hospitalized, again, and his health is really failing.

As soon as Carolynn called, she asked, "are you alright?". I was having a "bad" day and felt overwhelmed with the "stuff" I was working on and dealing with. The timing of her call was impeccable. Isn't that the way God works?

We talked for a few minutes and she quoted a verse from 1 Peter 5 which has meant a lot to me in the past. I needed to be reminded of it again today though. Peter writes, "And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast." (vs. 10)

What are you struggling with today? Are you feeling overwhelmed? Receive encouragement from the Word of God, as recorded by Peter, a man who struggled himself.

Do you know what I like about that verse? It says God "Himself" will make us strong. He doesn't send an emisarry because He's too busy. He HIMSELF will do the work because He's infinitely interested and concerned about YOU!

1 comment:

  1. David, I feel like I just found some buried treasure. I've read 1 Peter many times...and even had verse 5:10 underlined. But I don't recall ever seeing the that it's is God Himself that will restore me. Thank you for shining a light on God's Word and bringing forth a new facet. Good stuff...Susan