GOD’S CARE


STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM

GOD’S CARE
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Cast all
your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Ron
Boyd-MacMillan shares the story of Sister Lin and family from North Korea.
As
Christians, she and her husband prayed for a child for years. After
many
years she finally conceived. They asked God for a safe delivery because
it was
now the severe famine period of the mid-1990’s.

Her husband
went to search for food but came home weeping. All he could offer
her was
bark from a tree to make soup. It was not enough to nourish a woman
with
child. Then her husband went further afield to find food and was shot
to
death by soldiers as he foraged food from the garbage bags on a train. She
was
now alone.

When contractions started, she lay on the ground and
gave birth to a dead baby
boy. She named him after her husband and buried the
body. From there she began
to walk north and crossed the river into China. A
Korean Christian family in
China nurtured her back to health.

Telling
Ron her story, she asked, “Can I forgive God for making the world this
way?”
Many of us, if honest, would acknowledge that we often have doubts about
God
when we see the suffering and pain in our world, just like Sister Lin. But
we
should value our doubts because they end up bringing God close.

Ron answered her poignant question with another question, “Why are you still a
Christian?”

Sister Lin replied, “First because my Lord died young
and alone in
excruciating pain without knowing why either. And secondly,
because I have
gradually come to see that God’s care is everywhere to be
seen, if I can look
beyond my own suffering.”

RESPONSE: Today I will
look beyond the suffering I see around me and see God’s
love and
care.

PRAYER: Thank You Lord that You do care for Your creation and that
in our
moments of doubt You draw close and reveal the truth of Your love and
care.

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