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Cancer, Hope, Words of Endurance

Through The Trials

Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.

GENESIS 8:20 (NIV)


How did Noah and his family fare as they watched for the sign that their trial was over? What lessons did they review as they stumbled – giving thanks – out of the ark that had confined them for so long?


Thank God for the trials! How would we grow without the shifting and shaping of God’s hand in our lives? How would we learn? How would we ever experience the power of God’s presence if we didn’t get into the valleys? I know I learned more in the valleys than I ever did on the mountaintops.


Although I hope for better health, what I need to rest in is the promise of God that will sustain me in all circumstances, no matter what. I think most of us (including me) spend too much time seeking a way out of a situation rather than pleading with God for a way through it.


I’ve learned to be quite content whatever my circumstances. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.

PHILIPPIANS 4:11,13 (THE MESSAGE)


ON THE JOURNEY WITH YOU,
JAN DRAVECKY

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Cancer, Hope, Words of Endurance

Waiting

The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down.

GENESIS 8:3 (NIV)


The waters of the great flood covered the earth for 150 days. It was 40 days after that before Noah opened a window on the ark. How dark, smelly and confining it must have been in the ark for all those days. How difficult (and frightening) that wait must have been.


Waiting is one of the most difficult things we will ever be asked to do. Waiting can prompt us to fret, to stew, to become anxious, even to rebel. Waiting patiently does not come easily to any of us – especially when we are suffering. Yet without developing this trait in our lives, we can never hope to enjoy God’s greatest blessings – nor will we ever become a great blessing to someone in need who finds themselves in God’s waiting room.


But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, they run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.

ISAIAH 40:31 (THE MESSAGE)


ON THE JOURNEY WITH YOU,
JAN & DAVE DRAVECKY

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