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Fighting a Hard Battle…

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle…”

Everywhere I have gone for the past two weeks, I have heard this Plato quote, most often used in the context of trials we all face throughout our lives, or in a “bigger-story” sense, spiritual warfare, which we are all involved in whether we know it or not.

I easily become so caught up with my own battles that I forget about other people’s struggles.  It is usually at the zenith of my own ‘pity party’ that God puts before me someone whose trials make mine look like mere skirmishes.

Last week, He propelled suffering people through my life with such a fury that even I could not ignore His message.

Below is just a small sampling:

Today, an acquaintance shared with me and a few others that her three-year-old adopted son is being tested for cystic fibrosis.  So now she travels to a larger town for testing, and then waits for results.  It’s the waiting that’s the hardest.

I struck up a conversation with a mother at the football field who asked me to pray for her 4-year-old who has an inoperable tumor on his eye; no testing can determine if it is malignant or not.  So now they wait…

Another friend’s husband lost his job for the second time in a year; they have four children and no health insurance.  So another season of waiting begins…

Her friend desperately needs to work in order to support her family and four children, but cannot find child care for her child with sensory processing issues.  Trusting, she waits…

A sweet woman and her husband have battled infertility for years, sinking their love and devotion into their niece and nephew whose mother battles addictions; they have had temporary custody off and on for years. Today they wait to see if a judge will make that custody permanent or if this mother will be given yet one more chance to make a home for her children.  (During the last ‘trial’ the children were found in a filthy home devoid of food, their only food source fish they caught in a local run-off pond.)  For these children and their potential adoptive parents, the waiting continues…

Five-year-old Chloe has battled cancer for two years now; next week she will travel to New York for more testing to determine the status of her cancer.  Faithful, she and her family wait…

A dear friend who battled infertility, lived through five miscarriages before finally having a son, and has tried for over three years to adopt a child, waits for her placement to go through.  Believing, she waits…

When Edward was 15 months old, our new pediatrician finally agreed that he needed an MRI to understand why his head was so large and his fontanel was not closing.  We waited several days for results of the MRI to be explained.

Yet as I sobbed to God in the bottom of my closet one night, I heard Him whisper these words to me:  “You know everyone is waiting for their own MRI results in one form or another.”  To a certain extent I have never forgotten what it felt like to wait for those results.  Later I would wait to see a heartbeat on an ultrasound, to have a cyst biopsied, to hear a diagnoses from a neuropsychologist…

We wait and wait and wait.  And we are always, always waiting.

As Christians we can take hold of the knowledge that we do not wait alone.

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” ~ Phil 3:14

I know all of you are out there waiting.

Please know, you do not wait alone.

Posted on 10 November '08 by , under Faith is the Evidence.

21 Comments to “Fighting a Hard Battle…”

#1 Posted by hellokittiemama/MT (10.11.08 at 23:55 )

So true.

And know that You are not waiting alone either.

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#2 Posted by Helene (11.11.08 at 00:22 )

What a very thought-provoking post! It’s so true, though, isn’t it? We tend to sometimes suffer alone and forget to lean on God and we also tend to forget that others are going through similar struggles. This post was beautifully written!

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#3 Posted by mrsbear (11.11.08 at 00:45 )

That was a lovely post. Sometimes we get so caught up in our own struggles, it’s hard to see past them. Thank you for the perspective.

#4 Posted by Christine (11.11.08 at 01:13 )

Thank you for helping me see past my own painful day, and seeing the bigger picture. I just love coming by here when you give inspiration at just the right moment.

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#5 Posted by Rachel (11.11.08 at 03:20 )

This is a beautiful post and exactly right.

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#6 Posted by Stonefox (11.11.08 at 07:47 )

Being exposed to what others are experiencing is very humbling for me. I hope I NEVER take my life for granted again, and hope that I live every day to the fullest. For my tomorrow may be drastically different from my today. Thanks for this post.

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#7 Posted by goodfountain (11.11.08 at 10:26 )

Really great post and a timely message.

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#8 Posted by ali (11.11.08 at 12:51 )

What a great post and I read that last part twice–awesome quote.

#9 Posted by Molly (11.11.08 at 14:55 )

Very good and much needed.

Thank you.

(climbin’ out of the “po’me” hole now)

#10 Posted by andreacook (11.11.08 at 15:07 )

Sweetie… hope you are doing ok. I hate to hear that you are going thru a valley right now. I know God is leading you and that you are comforted by Him but I am sorry that you are going thru whatever it is that you are going thru. You are such a great sister in Christ, prayerful, fun, honest, wise and trusting in His plan.

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#11 Posted by The FringeGirl (11.11.08 at 16:51 )

What a good reminder for us. It’s so true that we are all in our own battle…each of us waiting. Praise God He is faithful and is with us while we wait. Thanks for a great post.

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#12 Posted by Felicia (11.11.08 at 19:01 )

Thank you for this post. I truly needed to read that today. Thank you for all of the love of Christ that shines through you even from the computer screen.

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#13 Posted by ashley (11.11.08 at 20:22 )

So true!

#14 Posted by Danette (11.11.08 at 23:47 )

What a beautiful post, so true and a good reminder. Thank you 🙂

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#15 Posted by Friend of H (12.11.08 at 08:03 )

When I’m feeling depressed about my child’s autism, I watch this video:


#16 Posted by Peanut (12.11.08 at 09:22 )

It’s going to take a few read-throughs for me to fully digest that, so packed with truth it is.
Thanks for the reminder and encouragement.

#17 Posted by Janine (12.11.08 at 14:51 )

So true. Thanks for sharing that wonderful post. I’m encouraged to continue waiting – not in vain, but in hope.

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#18 Posted by kim (12.11.08 at 19:01 )

Great reminder my friend
We all have our struggles yet we can not be swallowed up by them
We must keep our eyes on Jesus and our hope in HIM!!
Love you

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#19 Posted by Patty O. (14.11.08 at 15:41 )

Wow, thank you for that. It’s good to remember that we are not alone.

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#20 Posted by Kim (16.11.08 at 18:20 )

This is very beautiful. And it really does make me think. It is both good to know that we do not wait alone and sad to know that there are so many who are waiting.

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#21 Posted by Carla (17.11.08 at 15:05 )

{HUG} It is so very true.

I’m praying for you, and here waiting…

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