Lessons I’m Learning From Having A Voice But Not Being Able To Speak

So as the Lord leads, please do pray for my healing. But the best prayer you can offer on my behalf is that I would drink deeply from the fountain of God’s grace as I walk through this trial. Because as much as I desire my vocal chord to be healed, I TRULY don’t want to be cleared to speak a millisecond sooner before this mandated silence has accomplished God’s desired work in me– refining me that I may be even more conformed to my Lord and King, as well as better preparing me for a life of fruitful service to my God. Jesus suffered a gruesome and horrific death to ransom us from the kingdom of darkness. He paid an unfathomable price: nothing I can experience in this life will ever come close to what He endured for my sake. Based on this Scriptural reality, ultimately NOTHING you and I experience in this temporal life is a hardship or sacrifice, if it means that God’s glory will be put on display in our lives. And if we allow God to do His transforming work in our hearts, indeed they certainly will! Although counterintuitive and difficult to embrace, these circumstances and difficulties are actually God’s greatest gifts to us! Scriptures assures us, “For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison (2 Corinthians 4:17).

This salient quote by Elisabeth Elliott (one of my favorite Christian authors) is most fitting to conclude this post:

God has allowed in the lives of each of us some sort of loss,
the withdrawal of something we valued, in order that we may
learn to offer ourselves a little more willingly, to allow the
touch of death on one more thing we have clutched so tightly,
and thus know fullness and freedom and joy that much sooner.
We’re not naturally inclined to love God and seek His kingdom. Trouble may help to incline us—that is, it may tip us
over, put some pressure on us, lean us in the right direction. If
through losing what this world prizes we are enabled to gain
what it despises—treasure in Heaven, invisible and incorruptible—isn’t it worth any kind of suffering? What is it worth to
us to learn a little bit more of what the Cross means—life out
of death, the transformation of earth’s losses and heartbreaks
and tragedies?

Today is there something God is asking you to surrender to Him? My prayer is that He reveals it ever so clearly to you.

Have a blessed Sunday!