I (Amy) am posting at the Glorious Table today! See below for the beginning, and the you can finish the post at the Glorious Table.
I’ve shared in a previous post here that my mother has brain cancer. A day will come when I write about something else, but right now it’s the elephant in my room. God teaches us so many lessons through adversity, doesn’t he? He even promises it: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance” (James 1:2–3 NIV).
I’m currently in a fairly intensive Bible study called Surge with my husband and two other couples. The goal is to infuse the gospel into all of life and learn how to see it in every situation. I love the premise, but part of the deal is for six adults (with six children between us) to meet weekly. That takes a miracle in itself. When we can make it happen, the time is so sweet. The study is divided into quarters, and during the first quarter it felt as though our group got hit by a Mack truck. I could make a list, but think death, cancer, and more death and more cancer.
Our most recent reading was about how frustration and anger can many times be a sign of our lack of trust in the sovereignty of God. It brought up how sadness and grief fit into that picture. Can we be sad someone we love died, or because they are experiencing cancer or some other terrible thing? Or does sadness display a lack of trust?