The other day, I had a big reminder, as to how much loss I have experienced in my life…as I watched someone else do something so easily…something that I am no longer able to do because of my health. Most times, I live my life and completely ignore the hurt and loss of the past…because Jesus has given me a new heart…a heart that looks beyond the past, to anticipate what He has for me at this time. I have also seen where God has filled the empty chambers of my heart…brought about through loss, which has made my life more complete; but I have to admit… there can be times, when little reminders of these lost moments can bring painful thoughts back into the heart.
It seemed like everything in my life that I took pleasure in …you know, the simple things in life, like bike riding…ice skating and tennis, were completely taken away from me, due to my knee problems; but through time, God did show me…and continues to show me; that what I have counted as loss…was actually, so I could gain more of Him.
In Philippians 3:8, we read… “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,”
For me…it’s not always easy to watch other people do the things that I can no longer do…and it’s not always easy to drag a leg around that is no longer working properly; but when I think on all that God has done, to replace these moments of loss; I do find a joy that does replace the hurt; that has come about at times, due to these losses in my life.
No matter what you’ve been through and no matter how much loss you have experienced in your life…look beyond it, to see what you can gain through these painful moments; that you may also be able to say…“I count all things but loss for the excellency of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord! Praise God!