How Are You Doing?

I had the privilege of speaking at The Orchard Fellowship Church yesterday in both of their services.  Thank you Pastor Sam Shaw for inviting me.  He preached from Romans 8:18-39 and talked about (in my words) how a loving God can allow His people to suffer.  In each service I learned something different.  I love how the Lord keeps teaching us no matter where we are in our spiritual walk. 

When people approach me, they will say one of two things: 1) You don’t know me but…, or, 2) How are you doing?  When speaking during the interview time with Pastor Sam yesterday, I shared with him that I had no idea he would be using the passage from Romans.  This passage is very near and dear to me.  Romans 8:18 says:

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

 These are the words of Paul.  This is a man who suffered while being obedient to the Lord.  I cannot even imagine what he experienced during his darkest days, yet he says, “…the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”  He is talking about the eternal glory God has for us in heaven.  What was it that sustained Paul?  Who surrounded him to encourage him?

 During my darkest days just after losing Trey, our close friend Ryan Mullins would quote this scripture to me.  I cannot tell you how many times it would come up in conversation.  Each time Ryan would tell me, “Lisa, Trey would NOT want to come back for anything because of the joy he is experiencing in heaven.”  I can only try to imagine having no pain, no sickness, no night and no tears – pure joy.  The scripture reminds me of the Mercy Me song I Can Only Imagine and that’s all we can do – is imagine.

The passage goes on to say in verses 24 and 25, “For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.”  What comes to my mind is Christmas morning and how many times Trey and Collin sat at the top of the stairs EAGERLY waiting to come downstairs.  The anticipation was so great.  But then the years came that they began to sneak and find their presents in closets, cars, and under the bed.  The anticipation and hope for what they were going to receive was not as great.  In my simple mind, I think if I already know what I am going to see, receive, and do in heaven, why would I eagerly pursue it?  That’s God’s plan.  He wants us to pursue heaven.  He has so many promises for us in his word and I truly believe Trey knew that at the end of his suffering, he would be greatly rewarded for persevering through pain. 

I just think he had a glimpse some of us do not yet comprehend.  We can be in the depths of despair or on the highest mountain and He will still have a word for us, as long as we have the ears to listen.  Trey eagerly listened…and heard…and is seeing.

9 thoughts on “How Are You Doing?

  1. Good words….I think you are right…how can we even begin to understand about God, his plans for us, and about heaven? He put that desire inside our hearts to know him. I think this is why people who don’t know God are continually searching for something and just can’t quite put a finger on why they are unhappy or what it will take to fill them up. We have to have faith and just keep trying to know God better….developing a closer relationship with him.

    I enjoy your blog….I have thought about doing one myself, but never seem to make time for writing thing down.

    Praying for your family…..

  2. So true, Lisa, “I just think he had a glimpse some of us do not yet comprehend.” Our family prays for your family regularly. Our kids don’t even know you guys, but they never fail to bring you up in our family prayer time. I’m sure you have a glimpse into many things many of us can’t comprehend as well, namely an amount of grace from God that some will never experience. Praying He continues to provides that grace every step of the way so that many will know Jesus because of your family.

  3. Another wonderful post Lisa. Did you receive the letter I mailed? I really struggled with what I wanted to say…..still praying for you and your family during this difficult time. Your posts have helped me with my faith more than you’ll know.

  4. I can only imagine is one of my favorites. Trey is rejoicing up there. I really enjoyed this today it was so uplifting. We continue to remember you in prayer

  5. I can’t imagine how much you miss him….I can’t. Your faith encourages me and your words lift me up. The Lord brings you and your family to my mind sometimes and I pray and I cry for you. God’s words of the joy Trey is experiencing now in heaven I know are an encouragement and a comfort to you……but I know the soul of a mama yearns for her son here….on earth. That is ok. God gave us those emotions. Praying that the thought of him will soon bring less tears, continued joy and perseverance of your faith as Trey changed hearts here….hearts of people that one day he will see face to face. Love and hugs my friend. ❤

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