THE FELLOWSHIP OF SUFFERING
When you are in difficult places, God often has someone else nearby who can remind you of how the road is being built. Eight years ago I still had a friend whose suffering drew me closer to God.
Some of you knew Dwight Ozard. While working for Tony Campolo’s organization, he came down with multiple myeloma, a form of cancer and went through hideous treatment to bring him back to health.
During the crazy August of 2002, we were writing emails back and forth. After we had shared some of our life frustrations and difficulties, he wrote, “Hang in there. I will if you will.”
You see, most of us carry silent grief and distress over the tougher lessons in life. We may go through seasons of discouragement and discontent.
At those times, let’s not forget that time is a weak currency. It will all be spent while you live on this earth. The account is draining and will soon be gone. Eternity is closer than we think.
So while we are still here, we need a focus. Listen to what Paul had to say about this dilemma of mortal existence.
I am waiting for the road to be completed. I understand that it must be built and I will be detoured and delayed many times. I will not forget that the road is being built so Jesus can get through the wilderness to us. He is on His Way. This is His Way.