Therefore we do not lose heart.

March 20th, 2011

“It appears ‘anonymous’ is making his/her rounds this week! Probably yours was different than mine, but the spirit behind them might be the same. Praying for you!”

We stood waiting to pay, when the man behind the counter looked at my face with a thoughtful expression and said, “You look familiar…”

I knew that my father had been doing some work for this business, so I mentioned my father’s name and asked the man, “Do you know him?”

His face immediately brightened, and he exclaimed, “We LOVE your dad!  He does such good work!”

Oh that made me glow!  I am so proud of my father’s excellent work and reputation!  I am thrilled when others recognize the family resemblance!  I told the man, “I love him, too!”

But do you know?

If that man had not been familiar with my father, he would not have recognized my father’s features when he looked at me.

And conversely…

…although my first reaction was to grieve that our anonymous note was obviously written by a real person, because that means a broken relationship with a real person…

…a dear friend reminded me that we didn’t need to wonder who “anonymous” was, because the crucial point is that we recognize the tactic behind the individual who was being used as an unwitting pawn.

Satan is the accuser of the brethren, not God.  It’s that simple.  God’s way puts courage into His people.  Satan’s way makes them want to quit.

“I am lifting you up in prayer today. Satan does not like the work you are doing. Keep doing it!!”

To our brothers and sisters in Christ who prayed for us this past week, thank you.  God answered your prayers by taking His hand and tilting our faces to look back up into His face.  And by providing desperately-needed rest, renewed perspective on the truth, greater strength of purpose, and joy in Him.

I asked Him, “When you could have accomplished this adoption in any other way, why have you asked our family to walk this path in such a public manner?”

“And He said unto me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you:  for my strength is made perfect in weakness.’

Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake:  for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

For the sake of Christ, who hung on a public cross, completely exposed to the gaze and mocking taunts of any passerby as well as to the loving eyes of His own family and friends.  The truth is, this Christ has the prerogative to craft our family’s story in any way He deems best.

He is the One who asks us, “Are you willing?”  We say, “Yes.”

And may the life of Jesus be revealed in our mortal body.

Speaking of recognizing our Father’s features on His children’s faces…

…no, I think that deserves a post all its own…

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

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8 Responses to “Therefore we do not lose heart.”

  1. Ilisa says:

    I am happy to have you and your story and all the wisdom that comes with it (and the realities…and truth…and pain…you get it)

  2. Shari~hotfudgecustard says:

    Our church heard this today:  God will lead you into a mess to give you a message in order to make you a messenger.  Part of those CDs you loaned (gave??) us last year from the pineapple missionary — the Job part — has been simmering in Eric’s and my minds for awhile now.  God is in charge of your circumstances, even to allowing “Anomymous” to get through to your inbox.  God has not forgotten even the “in” of your email.

    He IS being glorified in your lives.  His name IS being lifted up.  You can be encouraged because you DO look like your Father!

    [At some point, I hope to return the CDs.  We have a few other people being blessed by them, so I’m not sure exactly whose hands are on them at the moment…]

  3. Maureen says:

    That’s beautiful. I just read a study on the same scriptures. Praying dear friend!

  4. Colleen says:

    We continue to pray for all of you- especially precious Katerina and Verity…
    You are changing lives  and impacting all of us for the better.

  5. Sandie says:

    What a powerful post! 
    I see your resemblence to your Father, as well.

  6. Stephanie says:

    Still praying for you!  Rest assured that Satan attacks when he sees you doing good!

  7. Ginger says:

    Adoption is a spiritual battle. Who cares what anonymous people say? If I put any stock in anonymous commenters, I’d be so depressed! I see the word “anonymous” and I don’t read the comment. :D

  8. Susanna says:

    Ginger, the strong men of this family have instructed me to do the same from now on. Some people have to learn the hard way, hehe.

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