Thanks for Aching

nail-993864-mFriends, a couple days ago I shared with you some of the frustrations and discouragement I’ve been facing in the course of my walk with Abba. It seems that when we’re smack in the center of His will we’re still not immune to setbacks. But this is the promise:

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” 1 Thess. 5:16-24

There’s a process required if we would profit from pain,

From rejection and loss and more of the same.

When we’ve sought for God’s will and pleaded for answers,

When we’ve plumbed the depths and scaled the rafters.

When no answer comes and day waxes cold,

When we’re waiting, still waiting, our dreams growing old.

There’s a process required if we would profit from pain,

Against all our nature, against human grain.

To bow the knee and thank the King,

The Providence who could,

Revive our dreams, rebirth the old.

To bow the knee, sing thankful refrain

Grateful in the shadow and rain.

This the process to profit from pain.

This is His will, this precedes peace.

He is faithful, He will do it.

~Abby Kelly

2 thoughts on “Thanks for Aching

  1. What a brilliant poem !!
    I also like the extract from 1 Thess. I hadn’t seen that before and will add it to my collection.

    Potential setbacks WILL be thrown at us and they’re not from God. I get them too. How we react to them is what makes the difference. Not always easy, but if we keep calm we CAN defuse them. God has pins for all the grenades and keys for all the handcuffs, if we ask for them 🙂

    Today’s shared wisdom :

    “God’s timetable is rarely the same as ours. God is never in a hurry but is always on time.
    When God wants to make a mushroom he does it overnight, but when he wants to make a giant oak, he takes a hundred years
    Great souls are grown through struggles and storms and seasons of suffering. Be patient with the process.”


    “Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.”

    So, we already have a lot to thank Him for on Thanksgiving !



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