1st Peter 4:12-13 ESV
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
In one week, we had learned that our house's value was less then what we owed it, that the furnace needed to be replaced, and that the basement was flooding. What a devastation to us, a sad realization that a house that we no longer lived in was costing us more then we could imagine. Thoughts of just foreclosing, and giving up ran through my head, but then I realized something. God has never let our sweet family down. Even in moments of financial suffering He has always provided. Is this a fiery trial for us? A test for us? What a small trial, compared to the sufferings of Christ. Gratefully, when this is through the glory of Christ is revealed and in that dear readers I rejoice.