by Anonymous from Sow With Vision – Sowing While Suffering | Bitter Waters
Editor’s note: This is another one of those toxic reoccurring themes in Quiverfull: that suffering is somehow redemptive. Right after they tell you that your illness is punishment from God from unconfessed sin or generational curse. Or perhaps you weren’t using the right essential oils or you drank too much soda. While there’s only a little blaming for the suffering in this piece the thought that suffering and serious affliction somehow makes one more holy and closer to God is just as toxic and wrong.
Do you live with chronic pain? Perhaps you have a child who has strayed from the Lord. Or maybe you are looking at that mortgage payment that is now at three months past due and there are no clients for your commission-only husband. When does suffering move from visiting us as a result of our mistakes, to visiting us because it’s God’s gift?
I have a friend, one of the godliest women I have ever met, who, like my husband, carries a daily cross of suffering. Her name is Melana (Hunt) Monroe. She is daughter of Prayer Titan, and author of the classic book, The Mind of Christ, T.W. Hunt. Her father passed away in 2014 leaving a legacy of prayer and faith behind him. Currently, God is writing a powerful story of faith and courage through the Monroe family as they face unbelievable challenges. In a nutshell, thanks to technological advances, four of her six adult children have been diagnosed with a gene which causes stomach cancer. Each one must have their stomachs surgically removed in order to save their lives and drastically increase their odds for living a long healthy life. Melana, like her father, is a prayer warrior for her children and the spiritual fruit in her life is transformative. I have had the special honor of sitting under her teaching and watching how these trials have given her unbelievable spiritual vision and focus. Her youngest daughter, Chesney, recently shared a quote by theologian John Calvin in her blog post https://livingstomachless.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/through-pain-comes-joy/
“You must submit to supreme suffering in order to discover the completion of joy.”
Melana’s prayer life models for me what sowing while suffering looks like. As another daughter, Katie, faces an upcoming surgery, Melana lives on her knees, praying through every detail. God is using the faith legacy of her father, to teach others how to sow with vision, even during times of suffering.
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