Needless to say, the last few weeks have been tough (Introducing Palmer, An Update on Palmer). We’re thankful for all the support we’ve received from so many of you. We appreciate all the comments on Facebook and here on my blog. There have been too many to respond to them all but we’ve read every one of them and they’ve helped.
I know clarity about the ways God will use this will come with time. But, there are two things we know for certain at this point…
1.) God will shape our character through this process. I’ve written about this before and I’ve spoken about this a few times lately as well. That all seems trite now. But, Romans 5:3-4 still rings true, “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.”
If we endure this circumstance faithfully, which is exactly what we intend to do, in the process, God will shape us into people who are more like Jesus.
2.) God will use this for His purposes and for His glory. We still don’t completely understand how or why this happened. It’s hard to understand how this could possibly be God’s will. I tend to think it’s a product of spiritual forces of evil at work in the world. Whether it’s God’s will or not, He will use it. We cling to Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Somehow, someway, and at some point, God will use what we’ve experienced in a redemptive way.
I don’t want to sanitize what we’ve experienced (that can be a real temptation for a minister-type like myself). We’ve struggled with God over this and may continue to. But, at the end of the day, there’s no one who understands what it’s like to lose a son better than God, our father. So, there’s no better place to turn.