A Holy Happening by Heather Acord
HOLY HAPPENINGS: Rejoice
Since the flood a regular occurrence for me has been to read the “Standing on The Promises when I feel…” cards at my desk. Sometimes I can’t pick which emotion I’m feeling, so I just read them all… over and over. On days like today when I feel the anxiety creeping in, the “Anxious” card is my best friend. I have read these scriptures over and over again in my lifetime, but somehow they still bring me comfort and breathe some sense of renewal to my soul. Today as I was reading 1Peter 4:12-13, the words “REJOICE as we PARTICIPATE in the suffering of Christ…” stabbed me like a knife. Wait. What? Rejoice as we participate in the SUFFERING???? My mind began to recall the “sufferings” I have gone through in the flood ordeal and instantly the suffering Jesus went through came to my mind. Have I been flogged? Have I been publicly humiliated? Have I been stripped and NAILED TO A CROSS? No. I haven’t. Have I suffered? Yes. Have I lost most of the things that I’ve worked so hard for? Yes. Have I felt despair? Yes. But, in all of that I’m thankful that I serve a Master that knows what suffering is. He stands with me in my suffering. He sends his Holy Spirit to comfort me. He knows what I’m going through. So, because Jesus knows my suffering I can rejoice as I participate in suffering… because He knows… He just knows… And then, when His glory is revealed… man oh man, what a great day that will be… So until then, you can find me desperately trying to rejoice in the sufferings because I know HIS glory is certainly gonna bring me joy!
12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.