“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” James 1:2&3 The Message
When David was diagnosed with cancer and life went into a spin, somehow our little normal family came into the spot-light. It was totally unplanned on our part and certainly not something we sought. As a matter of fact, because we had worked around some famous people years before, our motto has always been, “It’s nice being nobodies.” Last October left us feeling a little forced into the open.
During those seemingly endless days at the hospital I wrestled long and hard with why God allows suffering. It doesn’t feel like a big issue to me now, but back then, when David was in terrific pain, I talked to God about it a lot. I even wrote about it and many people read.
Maybe this is obvious to you, but it has been a revelation to me; that God allows His children amazing opportunities through suffering. Opportunities to live in the light for a time and hopefully shine for Him. Remember the verses about believers being the light of the world?
“A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” (Matt5:14-15 NIV)
Those days were a few in the grand scheme of things; a few days to sit on a hill and shine our light to those around us. How ever you want to look at it; God caused it, allowed or simply because there’s sin in the world… He uses EVERYTHING for good and the spot-light is just part of the package.
Where do you sit right now? What’s your test? I’m praying for you to shine brightly from your stand and know that your faith-life has been forced into the open to give light to all around you.