This morning my family endured another step in the process of being refined by God through suffering. Someday I will blog about the specifics of this complex trial, but for now, thinking it's wise and honoring to God, I will stay pretty general. I just have too many emotions and scattered thoughts swirling around to saying anything glorifying about what my family is going through right now.
I have been through much pain in my life. Frankly, I've caused a lot of it. I trust God everyday to lead me through the consequences of some of the choices I've made in the past. I continue to grow closer to Christ. I trust the same Christ today...that He will lead me and my family through this trial that was brought about by someone other than myself.
During this time of suffering my wife and I have been most encouraged by the support of our brothers and sisters (in Christ.) These people know us, past, present, and future. I thank God for them! What makes these people so great is not just that they know us, it is that they know how to suffer with us. Suffering with someone else is a crafted skill and our supporters have it. Praise God for that as well!
What does it look like to suffer with someone? To actually lament with people? It is much more than feeling bad for someone, or even saying you will pray for them. I did say it is a skill but in a sense I believe it is a gift. Here is a great blog post that explains what it looks like to practically suffer with someone.