I felt a need to read Romans this morning. As I meditated on what if anything I needed to share, this is what came to mind. There was actually another passage I really wanted to share, but I will share what I felt "lead" to share. Not that this passage isn't full of good truth....
Romans 8:18-27 "I consider that our present sufferings are NOT WORTH comparing with the glory THAT WILL be revealed in us. The creation waits in EAGER EXPECTATION for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to FRUSTRATION, not by its own choice, but by the will of the One who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself WOULD BE LIBERATED FROM ITS BONDAGE to decay and brought into the FREEDOM AND GLORY of the children of God.
22: "We know that the whole creation has been GROANING as in pains of childbirth RIGHT UP INTO THE PRESENT TIME (who can relate to that?) Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the FIRST FRUITS of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we eagerly await our adoption, the REDEMPTION of our bodies. For in this hope, we are saved. BUT HOPE THAT IS SEEN IS NO HOPE AT ALL. WHO HOPES FOR WHAT THEY ALREADY HAVE? BUT IF WE HOPE FOR WHAT WE DO NOT YET HAVE, WE WAIT FOR IT PATIENTLY."
26: "In the same way, THE SPIRIT HELPS US IN OUR WEAKNESS. We do not know what we ought to pray for , but THE SPIRIT HIMSELF INTERCEDES FOR US THROUGH WORDLESS GROANS. And he who searches our hearts knows THE MIND OF THE SPIRIT, because the Spirit of God intercedes for God's people IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE WILL OF GOD."
Isn't it reassuring to know that when we don't know what God's will is or what we ought to pray for, the Holy Spirit is praying for us in accordance for God's will for each of us? We are only human by the way and on this journey we get lost and caught up in false motivations and things that we are so sure God wants for us. But, only God knows and as we learn to trust this verse (that can be done by memorization, hiding it in our hearts so that it comes up in times when we need it), we are assured that we have nothing to fear, because the Spirit is taking care of us and leading us.