By: Tim Sader
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? (Hebrews 12:7)
After a big ordeal over the hotel putting us in the wrong room on the first night of our honeymoon stay in Charleston we had a wonderful time learning to be husband and wife. The way newlyweds rejoice after the wedding is much like the way God delights in us when we partner our lives to Him. The day we left our honeymoon was my new wifes birthday and we only were able to spend part of it together because I had to go back to my house three hours away an leave her there. This felt wrong on so many levels; not a great way to start our marriage having to leave my wife on her birthday. There was nothing I could do about it because mom had an appointment the next day. This was harder than we ever imagined since we were used to it through all our dating and engagement. After marriage it hurt to the core to be seperated so soon from my one my true love. Sammy cried for days when I left, I cried some to and just was not happy about anything because all I wanted was to be with her. After such intense time missing one another we knew something had to happen so we could be together more time until our house sold. The whole time we were dating Sammy was only able to make it to my house in York one time when her dad and step mom were going to a wedding a little further into North Carolina. A couple days after we were apart Sammy finally told her dad she missed her Timmy and had to go to where I was at. I think it was hurting him to see his little girl so sad because he agreed to bring her half way if we could meet them somewhere and pick her up. We decided to meet at a restaurant called Lizard Thicket in Columbia, SC. I knew her friend Medina lived there so we asked if she wanted to meet us for an early dinner to help ease the difficult transition. From there our house was a little less than two hours away so we went ahead and got on the road. When we got there it was so nice to finally be together for quite a few days at least. I don’t remember many details about this time the main thing is we were together and everything felt right in our newlywed world.
Coming to my house so far away was a huge step for Sam probably the most difficult thing she had done in her adult life. Her dad and home-health aides had been taking care of her needs for many years just like my mom has taken care of me. Leaving the comforts of home was a major trial for her I wonder if I could have done the same though know I would have if it was an option. What was a worse hardship than leaving though was staying and being separated for an unknown amount of time so she endured it in order for us to do what was the greater thing. The greatest reason we can endure hardship is for the love of God and our relationship with Him. When we endure difficulties in life we should think about them as we would look at being disciplined. This isn’t to say God made trouble for us but how we face obstacles in life is important. We can learn and grow in times like these or we can stay beat up and defeated by our circumstances. Children are disciplined because of love in order for them to mature and grow up making better decisions. This is how we are meant to handle hardships in life. When we overcome opposition it strengthens and encourages our faith. We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God (Acts 14:22). No trouble or hardship we can face will keep us from the love of Christ. We can be confident in knowing that nothing in the entire unverse, visible, invisible, spiritual, physical or anything in creation can separate us from His love (Rom 8:35-39). As servants of God we are commended by our endurance in times of trouble. Paul endured beatings, imprisonment, hunger, lies, bad reports, mistaken identities and so much more but through all this bad He also experienced so much Gods goodness and grace (2 Cor 6:3-10). The grace given us through Christ is enough for Him to be there through all our trials this is why we boast in weakness because in weakness He is our strength (Heb 12:7). Together we trusted the plan we set up for Sammy to stay with me and though it was hard with the help of God it all worked out.
Lord I ask that you would help us in our times of trouble so that together with you we can overcome our trials. When we face hardships God help us to learn and grow from it so that we can be strengthened in our faith. Lord help us to enter the kingdom of God through our difficulties by turning to you in the midst of them. I ask that we would see that we’re more than conquerors in all things because of your great love for us. Help us not to be defeated by our struggles but to focus on how you give us the victory. In Jesus name, Amen.
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