By Rodetta Cook

Rodetta Cook has been a pastor’s wife for over 40 years. She and her husband, Ron, have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. She understands the expectations, loneliness and how hard it is to find balance in ministry as a pastor’s wife. Rodetta also leads the pastor’s wives initiative at Care for Pastors called The Confidante and ministers to hundreds of wives each week. She strives to share blogs with other pastors’ wives that will help them in their ministry walk.

    God’s Care Comes in Many Forms

    Monday, August 22, 2022

    I love Paul David Tripp’s devotional “New Morning Mercies” and would like to share one of them from a couple months ago that I found so encouraging. It is short, but profound and I will share it just as he has written it.

    God’s care comes in many forms. He cares enough to break your bones in order to capture your heart.

    I wish your care was always easy, predictable, safe—
    a cool drink
    a soft pillow—
    but you are too wise,
    too loving,
    too committed to your work of
    transforming grace.
    So your gracious care comes to me
    in uncomfortable forms:
    the redeeming care of
    the unexpected
    suffering, loss.
    These things don’t tell me you’re
    absent, uninvolved.
    No, each is a sign of
    zealous grace,
    redeeming love.
    I struggle to rest in that
    You care enough to give me what I
    not what I want.
    You care enough to break my bones
    in order
    to recapture my heart.

    For further study and encouragement: Psalm 51 (especially vs. 8)

    Is it just me, or do we all struggle with this? Many times I think I know what is best, but it is not His plan. So must I trust Him and when I can’t trace His hand, I can trust His heart.

    He cares enough about us to carry us through the disappointments, trials and suffering. But I’m afraid many times we try to carry ourselves through those times and that is when we fall flat on our face. You can trust Him!

    Taken from "New Morning Mercies" by Paul David Tripp. Published in 2014 by Crossway Books.

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