I stopped. My heart melted. "I don't either" was my response, "and I love you so much."
If you know us, you understand. If not, just know that our marriage was on the brink of ruin, and suicide was in my sights just over 14 years ago, you know that that statement has come through some depths. We've learned so much since coming to Christ. We've learned to weather the storms, to trust in times of uncertainty, to weep when needed, to keep on keeping on when hopelessness seems far to real, to rejoice, to encourage, to accept and act upon holy discipline and most of all to give thanks in all circumstances. Most importantly, know that you will never reach your finish line until eternity, and you must CHOOSE to pick up your cross every. single. day.
All circumstances.... to know what we came out of, to know who saved us....
I learn so much from my family. One thing I've learned is that everyone needs a "Zach" in their lives. Zach is my oldest son. He's challenged me in so many ways to avoid "worry". I am constantly checking in on my family, making sure they don't stumble, fall, or get bumped. Making sure they are getting my daily "life lessons" that are so imperative to their lives... HA! … it's lecture 101 and no one really loves it, but I'm always trying to avoid anything "bad" happening. The truth of the matter is, no matter how good I am, or they are, no matter how much I lean in and press into God, or they do, "bad stuff" still happens. I know this all too well.
But the key is what do you do with the "bad stuff" when it does appear? Zach will tell you that you don't need to react. If it happens, it's the way it was supposed to be anyway. He is set on the fact that we are always on the right track and that as long as we keep our sights on Christ, we are going to be ok. He believes that choices create circumstances, whether our choices or others, but that through circumstances, God always provides a way to Him.
In all circumstances.
I can hear the normal responses... "anyone who thinks those things, has never been through ***fill in the blank***". Which is true, everyone has been though something, and many times, other people may or may not be able to relate, but that doesn't mean that we can't find a common denominator, when it comes to trials of many kinds...
Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. ~1Thesolonians 5:12-24