Sally's Friday Five is inspired from apprehension over taking her son for a cardioversion. (Prayers going up for him, Sally)
1.Have you experienced God's faithfulness at a difficult time? Tell as much or as little as you like...
I have indeed. By the spectacular, which I have concluded to be miracles; and by the quiet whisperings:
Finding my parents and then just my mom a home when needed....immediately and their home selling....immediately with no haggling.
And other miracles I've posted about before, here, and here.
And most profoundly, changing my entire life, this guy:
2. Have you experienced a dark night of the soul, if so what brought you through?
More like a couple dark decades. And even after coming through, another dark decade. I am part of an extraordinary family of beleaguered saints. The worst of the worst happens to each of us, over and over and over. Even my own Siggy says she's never heard tell anything like what we've gone through. Family darknesses (not just mine) include:
kidnapping and beating
death of a child
.....just to name a few
And what gets me through are humor, God's strength added to my own, miracles as talked about above, and the gift of a sense of the universe being so far greater and wondrous than all this. As in, will any of this really really bother me 100 years from now?
3. Share a Bible verse, song, poem that has brought you comfort?
The 23rd Psalm. And Jesus' sermon on the Mount.
And more Psalms.
4. Is "why suffering" a valid question?
Yes. It is on my list of "What was all THAT about?" for when I meet Jesus.
Also, you know, sometimes it occurs to me that I would not be where I am today, doing what I do the way I do it if there hadn't been such profound suffering in my life. As in the way steel is tempered. I figure my family should be a bag of diamonds by now.
5. And on a lighter note- you have reached the end of a dark and difficult time- how are you going to celebrate?
Sleep. Read. Reflect. Diet and exercise. Sleep. Oh, and did I mention, sleep.
Bonus- anything you wish to add....
Just one thing....that saying that God never allows more than you can handle. I do disagree with that. I believe many people get more than they can handle. And I believe that that's because this portion of our eternal existence is just a tiny tiny part. So yeah, we'll get more than we can handle here and then have to deal with it...there.