Until the Glory Comes

Phone calls and emails over the last few days have made me very much aware of all the pain that is in the world and how our only hope is to navigate our difficult circumstances inside the love of a powerful and gracious Father.

Whatever you are facing today, no matter how difficult or tragic, it is so much smaller than the One who loves you and who is at work even in the pain to dislodge you from a false confidence in your own capabilities and invite you to a deeper place inside his grace and power.

I love this reminder from I Peter 3:22 in the language of THE MESSAGE:

Jesus has the last word on everything and everyone, from angles to armies. He’s standing right alongside God and what he says goes!

Jesus may not have the last word on it today, but he will! Our lives are not at the mercy of the flesh of others, or even the capricious events of a fallen world. We live at times in the middle of a chapter, before his work is revealed and life rises out of the darkness. But it is a gift to live there too, not by well-worked biblical strategies for dealing with crises, but by taking each moment as it comes and following whatever light he puts to your path.

Sometimes it is simply enduring in the unfolding circumstance, until his glory comes!

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  1. Richard September 10, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Wayne,

    My dear brother, you have no idea how my heart over flows with gratitude to the Father for you as my sibling!!!!!

    His richest and best to you today and 4-ever!

  2. Mike Rea September 10, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Well said my friend…thanks!

  3. Richard September 10, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Wayne,

    My dear brother, you have no idea how my heart over flows with gratitude to the Father for you as my sibling!!!!!

    His richest and best to you today and 4-ever!

  4. Mike Rea September 10, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Well said my friend…thanks!

  5. Chris Atkinson September 10, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    So true thanks for the encouragement Wayne …

    Have an Awesome Weekend!! ..

    Chris 🙂

  6. Chris Atkinson September 10, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    So true thanks for the encouragement Wayne …

    Have an Awesome Weekend!! ..

    Chris 🙂

  7. Anne September 10, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Wayne
    Thank You.

  8. Jessica Turner September 11, 2010 at 1:18 am

    Such a word in season for me right now Wayne. Thank you for sharing the words of life that truly set people free. I am so grateful to the Lord for the gift you are to the body of Christ. Abundant blessings to you and your family!

  9. Anne September 11, 2010 at 2:32 am

    Wayne
    Thank You.

  10. Jessica Turner September 11, 2010 at 4:18 am

    Such a word in season for me right now Wayne. Thank you for sharing the words of life that truly set people free. I am so grateful to the Lord for the gift you are to the body of Christ. Abundant blessings to you and your family!

  11. Libby September 11, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Thanks …saw this on facebook..parts of it…and having lived through many hardships and losses, you have confirmed how the Lord has brought me through. In the beginning I was looking for reasons, blaming God, and through it all I’ve learned that Trusting in Him no matter what!

  12. Libby September 11, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Thanks …saw this on facebook..parts of it…and having lived through many hardships and losses, you have confirmed how the Lord has brought me through. In the beginning I was looking for reasons, blaming God, and through it all I’ve learned that Trusting in Him no matter what!

  13. Don Zimmermann September 13, 2010 at 10:18 am

    I imagine my story was on your mind when you wrote this. I was walking out the door in a haze of depression when I felt the nuge to go back and read your blog. My well versed principles aren’t working very well right now. My only hope is in what you shared. Thanks.

  14. Wayne September 13, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Actually, Don, it wasn’t. My own story was. These are brutal days in my own journey…

  15. Doni September 13, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Dad (Don) – I actually read this when Wayne posted it and wondered the same thing you did. I had to giggle at his “not by well worked biblical strategies” line as that is exactly what you and I were discussing last week and what an utter failure I have become at them (and thank the Lord for that). Brutal days indeed. Dad, as you preached yesterday I sat there thinking “well then – I must concur that I am immature in my walk because I am certainly crying WHEN WILL THIS END?”

  16. Theresa Lode September 13, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Yeah. I totally get this pain thing right now. (Anyone got some more Puffs?) Thanks for sharing, Wayne…even in the midst of your great difficulties right now.

  17. Don Zimmermann September 13, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I imagine my story was on your mind when you wrote this. I was walking out the door in a haze of depression when I felt the nuge to go back and read your blog. My well versed principles aren’t working very well right now. My only hope is in what you shared. Thanks.

  18. Wayne September 13, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Actually, Don, it wasn’t. My own story was. These are brutal days in my own journey…

  19. Doni September 13, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Dad (Don) – I actually read this when Wayne posted it and wondered the same thing you did. I had to giggle at his “not by well worked biblical strategies” line as that is exactly what you and I were discussing last week and what an utter failure I have become at them (and thank the Lord for that). Brutal days indeed. Dad, as you preached yesterday I sat there thinking “well then – I must concur that I am immature in my walk because I am certainly crying WHEN WILL THIS END?”

  20. Theresa Lode September 13, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Yeah. I totally get this pain thing right now. (Anyone got some more Puffs?) Thanks for sharing, Wayne…even in the midst of your great difficulties right now.

  21. Yisraela September 15, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Wayne,
    I’m so sorry that you are traveling a brutal road at this time. May you find God’s comfort to be deeper than your sorrow. We love you,
    Yisraela

  22. Yisraela September 15, 2010 at 5:35 am

    Wayne,
    I’m so sorry that you are traveling a brutal road at this time. May you find God’s comfort to be deeper than your sorrow. We love you,
    Yisraela

  23. Rudolf September 15, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Just want to say that I’ve been thinking about you, Wayne, and I do care. Hang in there!

    It’s fully true what you wrote.

  24. Rudolf September 15, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Just want to say that I’ve been thinking about you, Wayne, and I do care. Hang in there!

    It’s fully true what you wrote.

  25. Wayne September 15, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Thanks for your prayers and concern. I’ll be so glad when this week is over!

  26. Wayne September 15, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Thanks for your prayers and concern. I’ll be so glad when this week is over!

  27. nata September 15, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Wayne – thank you for all the encouragement you give so freely despite the fact that you are going through such hard times yourself.
    Thinking of you and praying that His comfort and nearness will be apparent to you each step of the way

  28. nata September 16, 2010 at 2:42 am

    Wayne – thank you for all the encouragement you give so freely despite the fact that you are going through such hard times yourself.
    Thinking of you and praying that His comfort and nearness will be apparent to you each step of the way

  29. Joyce September 16, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Wayne, Thank you so much for this post….So many of us are living in the middle of a chapter….I thank God for you because even in the middle of our pain and uncertainty, you have in so many ways shown us His light, which has given us the freedom to live in the moment by trusting in His love! God bless you!

  30. Joyce September 16, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Wayne, Thank you so much for this post….So many of us are living in the middle of a chapter….I thank God for you because even in the middle of our pain and uncertainty, you have in so many ways shown us His light, which has given us the freedom to live in the moment by trusting in His love! God bless you!

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