Suffering is not for Nothing

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  • When I was told that my first husband Jim was missing in Auca Indian country the Lord brought to my mind some words from the prophet Isaiah:

    When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee.

    I prayed silently “Lord let not the waters overflow” and he heard me and he answered me.

    Two years later I went in to live with the Indians who had killed Jim. Sixteen years after that, after I had come back to the States, I married a theologian named Addison Leitch. He died of cancer three and a half years later.

    There have been some hard things in my life of course, as there have been in yours, and I cannot say to you I know exactly what you’re going through, but I can say that I know the One who knows, and I’ve come to see that it’s through the deepest suffering that God has taught me the deepest lessons. And if we’ll trust Him for it we can come to the unshakable assurance that He’s in charge; He has a loving purpose and He can transform something terrible into something wonderful. Suffering is never for nothing.

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