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Down But Not Crushed

Down But Not Crushed
by Danny Tariman

“We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained… struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)

He underwent a gallstone operation last month. His sister was hospitalized two weeks later. His mother, too, was recently hospitalized for a couple of days. Then early this week, he was back again in the hospital for dengue.

While I watched him at the hospital, his wife called in the middle of the night telling him that their little girl had a fever. “Her fever will be gone,” I heard him whisper on the phone.

It’s easy to give up in situations like these. These are the times when our faith as believers of Christ are put to the test.

The Bible says, “No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

As we waited for his blood test results, he continues to hold on to his hope. He is down, but he is not beaten. He will come out victorious from all his trials!

Reflection: “They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles’ wings; they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

Prayer: Lord Jesus, You are my hope. You are my strength. I lift up to You my situation. I am almost crushed. Hold my hand and take me out of this.

[This reflection was first published in both the online and paperback editions of Didache. Was also read in Radio Veritas846]

Trials, Trials, Trials!

By Danny Tariman

“No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it.” (1Cor 10:13)

“Why is this happening to us again???”

My sister texted me in exasperation. I understand her situation.

Her son had just undergone gallstone removal last month.

Her daughter was also admitted in hospital due to some illness, 2 weeks later.

She, herself, was recently was hospitalized for a couple of days for some internal organ problems.

Again early this week, her son was back to hospital for dengue.

While I was with him in the hospital, his wife called him from home in the middle of the night telling him that their cute little girl has a slight fever.

“Her fever will be gone. It is just maybe she was tired playing all afternoon yesterday” I hear him tell his wife on the phone.

One can easily succumb to the situation. One can easily crumble in this kind of condition.

My nephew and his wife, however, are full of hope. Although distressed and worried, they both look forward to brighter days ahead.

I cannot disagree with them. I know God is faithful, He will not let this happen to them if they can’t bear it. I know too that with the trial, the Lord will also provide a way out (1 Cor 10:13)

We are still in the hospital. Waiting for the results of the latest blood tests.

But with the conversations going around among family members, my nephew continue to hold on to his hope. He is down, but he is not beaten. He will come out victorious from all these trials.

Isaiah 40:31 says “those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will take up wings like eagles. They will run and not struggle. They will walk and not tire”. Some versions render this as “they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow tried”. Yes, the Lord is our Strength!

I pray that my nephew and his wife will indeed pass this trying moments in victory, in Jesus’ name. Amen!