"I don't know a single person who truly seems to bear the mark of God's presence and power in his or her life who hasn't been asked by God to be obedient in a way that was dramatically painful. A cutting away of sorts is almost always involved in a life moving toward the Promised Land"
I am certainly a believer of that these days and I have more examples. I was at dinner the other night with a few girl friends and we were sharing stories of what God has been teaching us. One of them just went through a very difficult divorce and she survived that time by immersing herself in prayer and scripture. She is a different person, for the better, on the other side of that because of what God has taught her through the process. Another lady there is in a difficult job situation and she spoke of all that God was teaching her. As hard as it is to stay there, her life and other's lives are being changed by God through the staying and she is a better person because of it.
If you had asked me several years ago what I wanted for my life, I would have told you something like healthy kids, a nice enough home, a job I liked that was secure, a healthy marriage, and just to be normal. I have learned though that it is in the trials that our character is formed and our relationship with Christ strengthened. Most of the things that make me who I am today were not easy.
Living in Houston, I sometimes feel like an ant in the colony. I just go from place to place bumping into people on my way to the next stop. I don't want to live like that. I want to live a life that is marked by passion, purpose, and an authentic relationship with a Holy God. I can look back now and say that I am thankful for the long wait for our RA because I think I am a better person because of it.
Here are some pics of Ruthie's completed room. The first picture is Jack helping daddy put together her bed last night.