Beloved evangelist and author Christine Caine, 51, opens her heart about how the Lord has brought her through loss, abuse and doubt to unexpected joy. Here, Christine shares how Jesus has carried her through life’s unexpected trials and has blessed her with unimaginable triumphs.
On a beautiful September night in 2016, Christine’s heart was filled with joy as she celebrated her 50th birthday surrounded by 150 friends and loved ones. Her husband, Nick, had spent almost a year organizing the party and it had been one of the best nights of Christine’s life. But on their way home that evening, she received devastating news: Her beloved adoptive mother had passed away. Christine had spoken with her mom over FaceTime earlier that day, and though she’d been ill, her death was totally unexpected. Heartbroken, all Christine could do was hold fast to God and His promises. “By clinging to the Lord, there is a peace that surpasses all understanding when things don’t go as planned,” the Australian Bible teacher tells Simple Grace. “It doesn’t mean life won’t hurt, but in the midst of pain, struggle and suffering, we can still live victorious lives.”
Through all of life’s sorrows and joys, Christine finds comfort in one fact: Nothing catches God by surprise. “Just because our circumstances may be unexpected to us,” she says, “does not mean they are unexpected to God.” Christine also says it is important to remember that there’s a greater purpose in our pain. “Some people believe that Jesus died and rose again to make our lives perfect—but that’s not the case at all,” she says. “He came to make us dangerous to the kingdom of darkness by filling us with spirit so we can bring Heaven to Earth. Yes, there are a lot of things that we wish Jesus would deliver us from, but often those are the things that sanctify us,” Christine enthuses. “When we get on the other side of that pain, we are never the same…we are hopefully more like Jesus!”
For more insight, check out Christine's new book Unexpected, available now!