Saturday, June 11, 2005

Hidden Blessings

During the course of our lives, we are all going to have hard times where don't think that we can go on. God allows things to happen in our lives that will bring us closer to Him, but many times, it will also allow us to help others come closer to God.

I know a great Christian guy that lost his wife four months into their marriage to a blood clot in the lung. He shared with me how hard it was to deal with what he is going through. I can only imagine the strength it must take in order to make it through each day.

Because of this event that he is going through, he will be able to be a better witness to those who have gone through the same thing, yet don't have God in their lives. I believe that God allows certain Christians, that He knows are strong enough, to go through tough situations so that they will be able to share the impact of His love in their lives to those who have experienced similar situations. The amazing part of the story is that this guy now has the ability to make a bigger impact with his witnessing. By relying on God to help him with this tragic event, he is showing others that God is faithful and will not allow us to go through anything that we cannot handle. What an inspiration this guy is to me and many others.

In Philippians, we read a letter sent from Paul and Timothy, while they were in jail, to all of the saints at Philippi, the overseers, and the deacons. Philippians 1:12 states, "Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel." Although Paul and Timothy were in jail, they realized that their trials would be used to advance the gospel. What an amazing outlook on the trial that they were facing.

When you find yourself going through a tough situation, and you don't feel like you can ever make it through, pray and thank God for trusting you with such a tough situation. Thank Him for giving you the strength to make it through anything that is brought your way. Also, remind yourself that without conflict, there is no progress and that these tough times will eventually expose their hidden blessings.


Anonymous said...

This post was meant for me to read today. One of my really good friends from church, her Mother has developed cancer in her neck and had to have some surgery and start on radiation. She came to church today in a halo because she isnt suppose to move her head. I'm sure my friend is asking "Why is God doing this to her?". I mean she has already beaten breast cancer once, and now she has to do this all over again. I hope she understands that its happening for a reason. Everyone in the church prayed over her today and it was a very emotional service. So this fits perfectly with today. Your posts always have something to do with what I'm experiencing on that particular day lol.

Anonymous said...

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