It would be difficult to describe the past two weeks. Except maybe I just did. Such a strange combination of events – some falling directly into our world, but most falling around the periphery into the lives of those we love.
I told Whitney last night that I’m imagining the scripture where Jesus says, “In this world you will have trouble…” and thinking that He then adds, “Um, yeah, welcome to December, sister!”
Okay. So trouble hits. It comes whether you expect it or not. It comes whether you scurry around circumstances in an attempt to prevent it. It comes in each season. It comes in spite of good decisions. It comes in spite of discipline. With relentless reliability, it comes.
But there is something about the steady certainty of trouble that shines a brighter light on the constant faithfulness of Jesus. Much like the way the rolled-away stone is made more beautiful when set against the backdrop of a brutal cross, His goodness is more breathtakingly miraculous in the middle of our pain. I’m starting to see that “working out my salvation” is not just using Jesus to fix my problems, it’s using my problems to fall more in love with Jesus; to let the trouble of the world be the setting that holds, enhances and secures the 14-carat diamond that is redemption. The setting is not invisible (and it isn’t even beautiful), but it serves to make the diamond all the more irresistible.
His love is a wonder, indeed.