Do you enjoy roller coasters?
What about in your life: Do you enjoy roller coasters in your life?
Although answers to the first question may vary, most would answer a resounding “NO!” to the second one.
And yet, roller coasters of suffering and trials will be always be a part of our Christian experience.
Jesus told us this would be so:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
Job victoriously lived through a fierce roller coaster of trial and suffering. In it he lost his:
- good reputation
Which of those have you lost during the roller coasters of trials and suffering Father has allowed in your life?
When our lives are swirling through trials & suffering, how do we anchor?
As a prophetic intercessor, Father often gives me pictures to illustrate pivotal truths about a circumstance or situation He has me interceding about.
Everyone involved was literally swirling inside and out by the fallout that had taken place. Many people had been affected. There was damage, destruction, discouragement, and despair running rampant.
As I was walking and interceding that day
There on the ground before me lay
a dirty, cracked dog dish someone had thrown away
And I knew right away that the Enemy was looking at us this way
with disgust and disdain
“You’re no better than dogs,” I could hear him viciously say
And with those piercing words still stinging on my ears
I picked up that dog dish with a vengeance
and declared to all the spiritual beings sneering there
Know that from this day forward this symbol of our shame and disgrace will be a valiant reminder for me to intercede and to believe that Jesus will redeem
I washed the dirt and slime away from the dog dish that day
and though it was still cracked and broken
it was no longer a discarded, useless, forgotten thing
It became a reminder and still is to this day
Of what Jesus, the Truth, courageously whispers to our fearful hearts
Because I help you, you will not be disgraced or put to shame.
Therefore set your face like flint
Knowing I AM the Redeemer of all
even of discarded, useless, forgotten things
Dog Days or Flint – based on Isaiah 50:7
When God Weeps: Why Our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty by Joni Eareckson Tada & Steven Estes is an excellent resource for more encouragement in your trials and suffering.
Photo on Flickr by Scott Ableman