Wednesday, April 30, 2008

encouragement

What is it that teaches you to search all the more for the Light of the Lord? The presence of darkness. Some of you may know, some of you may not, but life here is burdened with darkness at the moment. Some church leaders have fallen away and are in the clutches of sin. Questions of why? what will happen next? where to now Lord? are in our minds. We do not know what will happen next, although we know all is in the Lord's hands. And the Lord is always present as I was reminded again yesterday.

Yesterday morning was Bible study morning and one of the women involved in the problems and sins was there. As I listened to her talk I cringed. I knowthat all her talk does not match up with her actions, but some of the other women do not. Then she began slandering someone else, and I was about to halt this, in my mind wondering and praying how to deal with it, how to prevent a big argument, when it was all over anyway. However, as we hopped into the car to go back home with some of the ladies one of them said to me: "she shouldn't have said that. She should have just asked us to pray for the man without explaining all his sins." It was a simple statement. It was all she said. But then I prayed a prayer of thanks, because I saw in this statement that the Light shines through. This woman and all the others in the car saw the slandering for what it is and I was so thankful for that. I was tense and stressed, and yet so, so thankful. Isn't it wonderful that in the darkness and our stresses, the Lord sends us little encouragements like that?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Praying for you all Nat!! Hope to chat to you soon.
Love,Denise

HH said...

Natalie, we too are praying for your families and the situations which you are facing currently. We are also praying for those who are in darkness, that they may see the marvelous light. The devil rages but God will be victorious and we pray you all receive much strength and wisdom day by day.
Thinking of you all.

P & C said...

Hallo to you again from that little island under "down-under". We continue to pray that the Lord will uphold you in the various difficulties you meet in your lives.
Love, P & C