May we quietly wait and patiently endure the will of the Lord till He comes.
Our Father takes away the rod when His purpose in using it is fully accomplished.
If the affliction is sent to test us so that our words would glorify God,
it will only end once He has caused us to testify to His praise and honor.
In fact, we would not want the difficulty to depart until God has removed from us
all the honor we can yield to Him!
Today things may become "completely calm" [see Mathew 8:26],
Who knows how soon these raging waves will give way to a sea of glass
with seagulls sitting on the gentle swells?
After a long ordeal,
the threshing tool is on its hook, and the wheat has been gathered into the barn.
Before much time has passed, we may be just as happy as we are sorrowful now.
It is not difficult for the Lord to turn night into day!
He who sends the clouds can just as easily clear the skies!
Let us be encouraged - things are better down the road.
Let us sing God's praises in anticipation of things to come!
-Charles H. Spurgeon
2 Corinthians 4:17 says, "Our light and momentary troubles [afflictions] are achieving for us an eternal glory that FAR outweighs them ALL!"
Trials do serve their purpose...
wait for the harvest girlfriend, wait for the harvest!