It’s Definitely Not Karma

It’s understandable that we all want to fit suffering into that little box, that pagan system of “Karma” that explains all illness or tragedy as a result of some wicked or sinful past. The problem with that way of thinking is that it isn’t biblical. At all.

In a post last month: “The Truth That’s Hard to Swallow,” I shared with you that I don’t understand why the person who is the nicest, most kind, gentle, and giving man I’ve ever known, is suffering right now. I don’t understand why my pastor, who has faithfully delivered messages from God’s Word since he was just a boy, is enduring excruciating pain, and for this season removed from ministry. I don’t understand why God has chosen to send us on this journey at this time.

All I know is that our God is all wise, and He Himself suffered to secure our freedom from eternal suffering.

And that is the truth that’s truly hard to swallow. He is good. He is all powerful. And He appoints suffering. His suffering brought about my rescue, His pain accomplished my freedom. That truth is hard to conceive.

The True Woman blog is running that post again today. If you missed it the first time, I hope you’ll join me over there by clicking here.

So grateful for each of you and how you continue to support us in prayer and bless us with your precious words of encouragement.

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  • Melinda

    Continued prayers for the two of you! I pray Leroy gets relief from his next treatment! Love and prayers, melinda

  • Donna

    Kim and LeRoy,

    Continued prayers for LeRoy for healing may he continue to improve daily and the pain be less and less. I pray for continue strength for you both.


  • Jody

    Thank you for reminding us of the great Truth of Scripture. I have left FB so I don’t see your posts, but do come here to see how you’re doing and reminding you of my continued prayers for you and LeRoy. May our Great God continue to hold you in his everlasting arms.

  • Amy

    Kimberly, I have not visited your blog in quite some time, but heard you speak on Revive our Hearts yesterday and today about True Woman. I came over to see if you had more to say about it, and then I read about your dear husband. I just wanted you to know I will be praying for him and for you. God loves you.

  • B. Georgia

    Definitely not karma indeed. But it is ever so hard to keep trusting and leaning in during the difficulty. Praying for strength. For some reason when circumstances are tough, I always think of a random part of “The Magician’s Nephew.” It’s a story … but a story that brings my heart great comfort.

    “’But please, please – won’t you – can’t you give me something that will cure Mother?’

    Up till then he had been looking at the Lion’s great feet and the huge claws on them; now, in his despair, he looked up at its face. What he saw surprised him as much as anything in his whole life. For the tawny face was bent down near his own and (wonder of wonders) great shining tears stood in the Lion’s eyes. They were such big, bright tears compared with Digory’s own that for a moment he felt as if the Lion must really be sorrier about his Mother than he was himself.

    ‘My son, my son,’ said Aslan. ‘I know. Grief is great.’”

    Hang in there, friend. One day at a time. One moment at a time. One second at a time.

  • Sarah K

    Just dropped over to check on you. Know that I still pray for you and care about you and LeRoy. Blessings to you, my friend.

  • Grace

    I read this recently and thought of you two! I realize you are really busy and preoccupied but you may find it a hopeful and encouraging read if you have a minute:

    I have been following your story and praying for you and Leroy off and on since the beginning of this journey. Thank you for your godly example of perseverance under trial. It is a blessing to others, even if it may not feel like it!