Midweek Meditation

As I mentioned the book in my sermon on Sunday, I thought I would share a quote from Rosaria Butterfield’s memoir here as well as a review I wrote for the Granite State Reformed Ministers’ Fellowship last week. If you weren’t able to join us for our book discussion last month, it might prompt you to want to read the book or encourage you in some way. On pp. 124-5, speaking out of she and her husband’s joyful and painful experiences in foster care and adoption, Rosaria writes:
“When we read in the book of Romans, ‘And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are
the called according to his purpose’ (8:28), we are not to be Pollyanna about this. Many of the “things” we will face come with the razor edges of a
fallen and broken world. You can’t play poker with God’s mercy–if you want the sweet mercy then you must also swallow the bitter mercy. And what is
the difference between sweet and bitter? Only this: your critical perspective, your worldview. One of God’s greatest gifts is the ability to see and
appreciate the world from points of view foreign to your own, points of view that exceed your personal experience. That is what it means to me to
grow in Christ–to exceed myself as I stretch to him.”
Know that the stretching that you are currently experiencing is God’s powerful and painful call to rest in him and cast your cares on him, for he cares for you.

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert


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