First Baptist Church of Texas City
This life we live on Earth can be full of heartache and at times can seem so unbearable. Jesus warns us in John 16:33 that we will have trouble in this world. He doesn’t promise us a life full of roses without struggles. But He does promise us a life full of joy, hope and peace when we put our faith and trust in Him.
I too am familiar with heartache and struggle. I faced the hardest years of my life so far in 2015 – 2017. In 2015, my dad had a massive stroke. He was no longer mobile and had a very difficult time communicating. And then in 2017, we lost my dad as well as my sister-in-law. It was a rough couple of years. But I know that I am stronger in my faith because of each struggle I have endured.
This past week I had the privilege of attending the Children’s Pastor Conference in Orlando. One of the speakers that spoke was Katherine Wolf. She suffered a massive stroke at the age of 26; and at that time, she had a 6-month-old son. Her life since then has been full of struggle after struggle. But she has overcome a lot as well. She was even able to have another child and now encourages others through their struggles and speaks against the myth that we can only have joy in a pain-free life. One thing she said that I loved was “Your life doesn’t have to fall apart because it falls apart.” What a profound statement?! It is a choice!
Katherine rewrote the words of Habakkuk 3:17-18 to apply to her life to declare that her deficiencies would not keep her from worshipping her Savior. “Though I cannot walk, and I am confined to a wheelchair, though half my face is paralyzed, and I cannot even smile, though I am extremely impaired and cannot take care of my own baby boy, yet I will rejoice in the Lord. I will be joyful in God my Savior.”
May Katherine’s story inspire you to find the joy of your Savior through your struggle.