Thursday, January 26, 2012
Jars of Clay
I have been thinking about how unjust it seems to see a strong man like my husband be weakened by immunosuppression. I was reading 2 Corinthians this morning...absolutely loving the scripture about "jars of clay." The image of a jar of clay seems so appropriate at this moment for our family. Like a jar of clay, "we are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." Yet, within our jar of clay, we have a "treasure" of the light of knowledge of the glory of the Lord. And as verse 16 says, "We do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, what is unseen is eternal." Regardless of what happens next week with the transplant, I am praying that our family will have the courage to focus on the "unseen." It is so difficult to maintain an eternal perspective when the one you love is facing such a painful affliction. Whatever the future holds, may we trust in God and be inwardly renewed each day.