A small flame

A small flame

when hope is almost out of sight

{hold onto the string!}

'We are all richer when we recognize our empty-handed poverty.

We are all stronger when we face up to our frailty.

We all gloriously gain when we kiss shattered dreams goodbye.

We sacrifice comfort but fall back on the cushion of God's arms.

We forfeit earthly pleasure but rise to euphoria that is out of this world.

We empty ourselves and get fat and sassy on the grace of God.

It's a pattern given to us by Christ himself.
"Your attitude should be the same as that Of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant.... he humbled himself and became obedient to death - even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place." (Philippians 2:5-9)

Notice the 'therefore' part. Like a math formula. Like an inverse proportion. Rather, like an equation blowing all proportions. God raises us up not to just any old high place, not just the spectator's gallery, but as a co-heir with Christ, we get seated alongside him.
"We are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory." {Romans 8:17}

Astounding! We suffer with Christ - that we may share in Christ's highest glory. Believers who face the greatest conflict yet hold on to God with all their hearts, at times clinging to hope like the strings of a kite - these are the ones who have the greatest confidence in sharing Christ's glory.

All the power, honor, glory, blessing and riches showered upon Christ on his crowning day, all of it, overflowing all the universe, we will share in. What is it worth?
"I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." {Romans 8:18}....

It's a thought with which to fan ourselves every time we feel like fainting.

thoughts from When God Weeps: Why our Suffering Matters to the Almighty - Joni Eareckson Tada & Steve Estes

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