Day 24 – Sweet Sixteen

It is with pain this morning I am once again reminded by my body that I can’t always do what I think I can do.  While getting moving slowly the Lord brought to mind that it has been 16 years today since I fell ill.  So much about remembering that time is bitter.  But standing from where I am now looking back, I can see the sweet.

People often say the Lord works in mysterious ways.  Oswald Chambers wrote in “My Utmost of His Highest”:

If through a broken heart God can bring His purposes to pass in the world, then thank Him for breaking your heart.

The first time I read that it was a tough, jagged pill to swallow.  But over time as I have seen how God has molded and shaped and changed me, I can find myself truly thankful for this struggle because without it I wouldn’t be who I am today.  My faith of greater worth than gold has been proven genuine.  Thank you, Jesus!

As I bake dozens and dozens of cookies this afternoon to get ready for our annual girls cookie party it is so fitting that I am reflecting on how something so bitter could turn into something sweet.  Only God!

Taste and see that the Lord is good;
    blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. 

Psalm 34:8

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