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Topic: 24 Hours (01/27/11)
TITLE: In God's Time
By Melissa Lindsey
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If your faith has never been tested, it is easy to have faith. If you have never been hurt by someone that you trusted, it is easy to trust. If you have never felt deserted by God, it is easy to believe that God exists.
Once, in a rose colored world, not so long ago, I was the model Christian. An attentive wife, a caring mother, a Sunday School teacher, and a friend to all. I had the answers to everyone's problems and I was sought out for advice so often that I should have been entitled to list therapist as a second occupation. I never tired of helping others and if I am brutally honest with myself, it inflated my ego by doing so.
Then… my world came crashing down around me.
Regardless of how "good" we believe ourselves to be, we are all less than three bad decisions from the bottom.
I have been hurt by the sins of others and I have hurt others by my own sin, yet in the midst of it all, even while crawling out of the murky pit, I still know that God is there. I am enduring the trial and with God's help, I will be stronger and wiser, and someday soon, maybe not in 24 hours, but soon, I will write the novel about the trial that I have overcome.
Until then, the joy of being in the murky pit comes from understanding that God is molding me into what He needs me to become. My pride is gone, I am humble, and I now have an understanding of blind faith that I could never grasp before.
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