New job is going well. I am on a big learning curve, so it will take some time to get a routine going. But it still feels like a good fit. Mark is a trooper, and the kids and I are missing each other. But so far we are managing, and we’ve been eating dinner together most nights.
So work, and family, and the details of my life are always on my mind, but the last few days my heart has been heavy for other people. We have young friends who are going through a terrible trial, and I hurt so much for them. I don’t know how to help, but I am praying. My own extended family is also facing a trial. My brothers were involved in a car accident last week. One brother was driving, another was the passenger. The driver of the car they hit died. They are awaiting news of an investigation of the accident regarding fault. In addition, they are also dealing with the guilt involved for the life of the other driver who is now gone and who left behind a wife and three children. I am concerned for my mom and my brothers and the family of this man.
God is good, and God is faithful. I have to trust He knows what is best, but sometimes it is hard. This is the passage that is giving me comfort this week in regard to all that is on my heart and mind:
Romans 8: 18 -39
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
God’s Everlasting Love
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.