This time of year there is always so much going on. School programs, choir performances, band performances, work parties, family gatherings... it used to seem like December was an impossible month.
Today we had orthodontist appointments, and at one time, adding another task to an already hectic December would have stressed me out and sent me over the edge. But God is so good to have taught me patience. I actually found it to be a sweet blessing today.
Psalm 119:71 says, "It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees." That has been true for me. I have learned to be flexible where I wasn't flexible before. I have learned to give up control where I once held to it so tightly. I have learned to be patient, not only in my suffering, but just in life.
When I think of David I wonder what his affliction was when he wrote that verse. I wonder if it was physical, emotional or both. I wonder what he learned, exactly, from his affliction.
I see so many people around me who have so much going on in their own lives. I always wonder, what it is that you're going to learn from this? When we submit ourselves to a sovereign God and allow him the utmost control over our lives, he is able to teach us things we would have never know otherwise.
I can't say I'm happy I was afflicted. But like David, I agree that "it was good for me to be afflicted." I have learned so very much!
Only By His Grace,