35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39
What persuaded me to write something about the verses above was because I was touched by my best friend's acceptance of the realities of life. It was a true-to-life experience of a real Christian facing life's bigger challenges in her home, at work and in the ministry with non-believers that God had called her to perform. I learned from her, too. I called "her" ministry deserving a crown in heaven. Honestly, the way I assessed the situation, it required God's hand for her to move the high mountains.
The way she wrote the words in her somewhat mixed vernacular dialect (mind you, friend, she is a very good English professor) was quite funny (she used bulldozers, dump trucks, backhoes, etc.), but the message behind it was very deep. For her, the problems were all processes to beautify the highway of life.
Friend, I hope, as a true Christian, you too will learn to smile at the truckloads of problems and difficulties you may be facing today. This life is not at all full of happiness. Maybe the people you love most may fail you greatly. Your home may not be conducive to your growth as a Christian. Your job may not be accepting you for your very good intentions even when you have done your best. Others may be hard on you even when you try to reach them for Jesus. Yet, God has always said in His word that no one "shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39b)." Oh, what a promise!
(c) November 16, 2010 - Luisa Mercado