Learning from Others’ Afflictions

June Titus
It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes. (Psalm 119:71)

My neighbor is fighting a battle with cancer. She is only thirty-eight and has a husband and three sons. The oldest is seventeen and very solicitous of his mother. The fourteen-year-old twins are quiet, not sure how to react to their mother’s illness. She worked outside the home before her illness but now is at home all day. The sons are very aware of their mother’s reaction to pain, distress, and problems.

She is concerned about that.

“I’m afraid my sons do not always see me victorious or rejoicing in the Lord,” she says.

“But they see you turning to His Word for comfort and guidance,” I replied.

That is true. She starts the difficult mornings with her Bible. Again at midday she is often reading the Word, finding help and hope in God’s precious promises. Her pastor comes once a week. Others come, too, and they study the book of Job together. All this her sons are observing.

In the time I spend walking and talking with her, I see how she is learning more and more to lean on the Lord for strength. God’s Word is vital to her daily walk. She finds help in every shared testimony of God’s power in the lives of others.

I feel humble in her presence. I, too, have known the help that only God’s Word can give in trials. Still, I am not walking in the “valley of the shadow of death” as she is. I am learning from her.

Our Father, thank You for my neighbor’s witness to me and others. Thank You for the work of Your Holy Spirit I see in her. Bless her, Lord, and Your will be done in her life and in that of her family. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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