Monday, April 30, 2018

What You Can't Cure You Endure

My phone rang while I was at the doctor's office. I immediately had an ominous feeling, and as soon as I dispensed with my greeting, I said: "What happened?" On the other line, I heard stroke, seizure, non-functioning, and hospice in a weary, matter of fact tone. My dear friend's mom is still in the land of the living for now, but she is pretty close to meeting her Maker. I hung up the phone prayerful, sad and hopeful.

When we traveled to Jamaica in December, we visited a close relative who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer but who appeared to have this struggle behind her. It seemed like all the conventional treatments were working, albeit slowly. But since December she had gotten progressively worse. While hoping for a miracle,
there was an acceptance of the inevitable. She was relieved from her pain and suffering, and my husband will be attending the funeral because she was like a sister to him. During this time, we remained prayerful and hopeful.

I am the mother of four children. When I started the journey of motherhood, I had preconceived notions about how I would raise my progeny and who they would become. Subconsciously I had a timeline in mind for when all the "good stuff" would come to fruition. Well, God evidently had other plans, and I'm convinced He is using the trajectory of my children's lives to draw me closer to Him; to refine my thinking; to increase my faith and strengthen my trust. As the mother of four children, I remain prayerful and hopeful.

What you can't cure you endure. I can't cure cancer or aging, or a recession. I have no power over any of this, but what I know for sure is that I can endure with hope. I can endure with faith. I can endure with love. I can do more than endure - I can patiently wait with the knowledge that the situation will change or  I will. For it is in waiting that we develop endurance, the ability to trust God's love and goodness even when things aren't going our way (Psalms 70:5). We change knowing that our strength is renewed as we endure (Isaiah 40:31).

As our Great Exemplar, Jesus endured suffering (that He was destined for). Often, we're not aware of our plight beforehand, or we would surely do everything within our power to escape it. But He went through it all with the end in mind - it was for our good. As I look back on these circumstances - the end is what keeps me going.  In spite of these circumstances, I still see God's hand in everything. I can endure and wait patiently. 


...You knew better things were waiting for you that will last forever. So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. Hebrews 10:34-36 [NLT]


God is with us while we wait.


--Nylse

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13 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry to read of your loss. Sending prayers and thoughts to you and your family.

    Wow, just last Tuesday my dad and I were talking about the wait. How we often want things to be done now, now, now but that we often find ourselves in the waiting stage. We talked about finding joy in the wait and that God is never late and always on time. Good things take time.

    It really is true that what you can't cure you have to endure. I think that sometimes it is the enduring that is hardest of all. I know I can't cure this or fix that ... and then having to endure knowing it ... so hard.

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  2. "I can patiently wait with the knowledge that the situation will change or I will..." I love this, Nylse. I ifnd that often we must change and God gives us the strength to do so. Thank you for sharing today!

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  3. Thank you for an encouraging post. Timely!

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  4. Yes we can endure with hope because our hope is not for this live alone... it is for the restoration of all things that is found in Christ. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. There are things beyond our control but He is always in control. I have been blessed to see the miraculous because of what He endured,but He is always there for whatever we go through.Blessings to you, stay strong.

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  6. Waiting can be so incredibly difficult, especially in hard seasons and hard circumstances. It is so important to have the perspective you pointed out: that Jesus endured suffering, too. He knows how we feel, and He is with us. Thank you for linking up at GraceFull Tuesday!

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  7. Beautiful wisdom, friend. And, I'm so sorry for the loss and illness of your friends. ((hug)) Jesus was such a great example of endurance, wasn't He? So thankful for Him. --- Thank you so much for your sweet comment on #ChasingCommunity today. Your sweet words blessed my spirit, friend. So glad we've connected, and I pray we remain in touch. I'll still be writing in that same space, so please pop by when you're able, and I'll do the same. May God bless you and your ministry richly. xoxo

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  8. This was such an encouragement to me today. "What we can't cure, we endure." And He gives us what we need to make it to the other side. Thank you. Visiting you from the moments of hope link up. laurensparks.net

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  9. Yes, we endure what we can't cure. Lovely post! Thank you for sharing with Grace and Truth Link-Up

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  10. I love this:

    "I can patiently wait with the knowledge that the situation will change or I will."

    Amen!

    Thanks so much for joining me in sharing hope at #MomentsofHope! You are appreciated! (I'm adding a prayer for your friends and your precious children ♥)

    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

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  11. Yes, even those things we can cure, but not right away, we can endure. I am in that season right now - I don't know if my condition can be cured, or even what the diagnosis will be, but I can endure. Thanks for sharing on Grace & Truth.

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