Wednesday, June 02nd, 2010 | Author:

There are so many difficulties we face in this life.  Last week, in the middle of renovating the downstairs of their house, Rebecca had an IRS audit, a bat in the house, and then her father passed away.

In addition to the “normal” challenges of life on a family farm, Threecollie and Sara each live with the daily possibility that they may lose their farms.

I’m in the third week of a fibromyalgia flare, and no matter the therapy I do or the medications I take, I’m in constant pain.

These things are not unique to our generation, of course.  Hebrews Chapter 11 tells us about those who were tortured, mocked, imprisoned, stoned, and sawed in two, among other things.  In Revelation Chapter 2, we read that some of those in the church at Smyrna will be cast into prison, tested, and have tribulation for ten days until their deaths.  The church at Pergamum dwells right where Satan’s throne is.

No matter what our circumstances, though, each and every day we can choose to serve the Lord, but we don’t often think that way.  We prefer to ask the Lord to change our circumstances.

To reflect that, I’ve added a new verse to Third Hepzibah, a book that my husband and I created years ago to contain all those things we like to think the Bible says:

When you have healed us, Lord, we will serve You.  When you have prospered us, Lord, we will serve You.  When you have redeemed our nation, Lord, we will serve you.  When you have removed the evil ones from among us, Lord, we will serve you. III Hepzibah 4:1-4

God, of course, sees things from a different perspective.  He calls us to follow Him regardless of our circumstances.  I once knew an elderly widow who bounced out of bed each morning and asked, “Lord, how can I serve You today?”  We would do well to follow her example.

If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”  (Joshua 24:15)

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4 Responses
  1. Lisa says:

    Similar posts today. GMTA.

  2. Rebecca says:

    All very true. :)

    I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us….

  3. jon-paul says:


    Just to let you know…I have been at odds with fibro for longer than I can remember. I know the feeling of having and living with torrent pain; today I pray that the Lord will give you some peaceful rest; and if He should find me worthy I would take your pain as my own. Cheers!


  4. Jim Wetzel says:

    Sure hope you’re feeling better very, very soon.

    I didn’t know about III Hepzibah. I always stuck my wishful reading in the Book of Hezekiah. I think we wishful readers are going to have to meet in some sort of modern Council of Trent to hammer out an agreement on what’s to be included in our Pseudo-Canon of Pseudoscripture. I’ll probably be in Rochester again one of these days. Maybe we can have a Council of Greece … that sounds sort of Biblical. Sort of. :-)