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Topic: 24 Hours (01/27/11)

TITLE: In God's Time
By Melissa Lindsey


It is always inspiring to read novels written by those who have been through a trial and overcome. We all love happy endings… but what about those of us who are in the midst of a trial?

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.

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I'm found
Was blind but now I see.

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Judie Stone02/06/11
I love this article. Word for word I could have wrote this about myself. Someone said to me "This to shall pass" I learned that if I am in the midst of storm snd I don't let it take me over it will pass and I will not be consumed. Hold on! Jesus is made strong in our weekness. His love restores and He never leaves us even when everyone else seems to.
Joanne Sher 02/07/11
I can tell this is heartfelt. Thank you for sharing with us. So much truth here!
diana kay02/07/11
too true :-) refined and tested by trials. thanks for sharing this important truth. i just wonder how you tying it in with the theme other than the title of gods timing :-)
Sharon Brooks02/08/11
I love the honesty in this piece. James 1:4 NIV- "Perseverance must finish it's work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." Rejoice in your trials and temptations, you will recieve the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.