Friday, January 21, 2011

Chewing On the Last Bite

I've loved sharing the bite-sized nuggets of wisdom
from our godly, older friend, John.

We began our little feast by tasting,

We moved on to the tasty morsel called,

Tonight, the finale in the spiritual feast of simple wisdom is
"this too shall pass."

Disappointed because it's too simple?

Remember, they aren't pat answers,
they're promised victories.

When I was given this advice,  I have to admit,
it didn't make me very happy.

I thought it didn't exude enough sympathy.
It didn't acknowledge the depth of my agony.
I wanted something I hadn't heard before.

Nodding in agreement?

You know what I learned?
It's  true, very true.

The trial you're going through?
"This too shall pass."

Agonizing over potty training?
Guess what?  I'm not.  That stage passed.

When  agonizing with another mother of teenagers she cried out,
"And we used to think potty training was hard!"

Speaking of teenagers?
Agonies that caused me more tears than my cancer have passed.

A friend heard over a year and a half later of a certain trial we experienced.
 She wrote, relaying her love, prayers and sympathy.

The trial was so resolved,
the Lord had restored what the locusts had eaten,
and I could hardly remember the agony she spoke about.
It had passed.

Time passes without help,
but trials only pass with prayer and faith.
 Ignoring struggles doesn't make them go away,
cling to the Lord and His Holy Word.

Some trials  may never pass on earth.
 I've been told my papillary thyroid carcinoma 
will never be in remission or be healed.

But, the trials will still pass.
Whether our faith in Christ brings us to heaven through physical death
or through the Rapture, we have a great eternal promise.

Revelation 21:4

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;
and there shall be no more death,
neither sorrow, nor crying,
neither shall there be any more pain:
for the former things are passed away.

Since there's a promised end to the trials,
on earth or in heaven,

To gain that peace we must
"take it from the Lord"
"leave it with the Lord"
and then by the grace of God,
"this too shall pass."

our focus shouldn't be on the trial,
but on our testimony and obedience while enduring the trial.

When it passes, we don't want to look back with regret.


  1. This was perfect for me to read at this time. Thank you Mindy!

  2. These words of wisdom I hear from my mom, a lot. :-)

  3. I sounds crazy, but I "chanted" that very phrase to myself when I was in labor for all four children ;) It got me through, I tell ya!

  4. Such great thoughts! I appreciate your thoughts so much!

  5. So true of my own experience. Things which seemed unbearable at the time have passed into a distant memory. The wonderful forgiveness found in Christ is a great past of being able to put things behind us, don't you think? So many who do not know it wallow in bitterness all their lives.
    Thanks Mindy. Hope you are keeping reasonably well in body as well as spirit :-)

  6. This is so right on and very encouraging to me right now in a trial. You sound like a woman of God's grace, Mindy!

    Thanks for your visit!

  7. Thank you for this encouraging post. Someone recently told me that all tje devil's attacks have an expiration date. I thought that was pretty good.

  8. Mindy...came to your blog from Jana's. It was SO nice to see her recently in CA. She reminded me of you as she offered her home upon hearing we were in a hotel!! Like mother like daughter! Encouraging to read your posts. Indeed our LORD has been so GOOD and so GRACIOUS to us all over the will be fun to keep in touch..... thanks for the encouragement.


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