Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday and welcome to Moments Spent with God…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so happy that you chose to stop by today and I pray that while you’re here; that you will truly experience God, in a way that you have never experienced Him before!
One of the very first Bible verses I took hold of as a teenager was Philippians 3:8 and 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,” It was through a mini Bible study in our church; that I truly came to know this verse and little did I know at the time; that I would actually live this verse that God had placed upon my heart that day.
As the years continued to pass by, from one painful moment to another…or should I say, one loss to another; I truly came to see that viewing these painful moments of loss through a worldly eye was only going to take me further down; then what I was experiencing at the time. You see…I truly believe that God had given me that verse in Philippians 3:8, at a young age, as a means of preparing my mind, for what was awaiting me but I have to admit; that there still were some imperfect moments, when each moment of loss felt as though a knife had cut deep within my heart; but through time, I came to see that each loss, was only an opportunity, for God to fill in the empty spaces of my life…which over time allowed me to experience the depth of His loving presence, which became more valuable to me; then the loss that had taken place in my life.
I remember a time a while back…oh, about 10 years ago, when I found out that I had to have my right knee fused for good. The knee had taken on so much trauma, due to dislocation after dislocation, along with so many other surgeries; that the only option left, was to fuse the knee. As I prepared to live with a leg that would never bend again; it seemed at first, as though it wasn’t going to be any big thing to go through…after all, I had already been through so many knee surgeries.
Anyways, the day of the surgery had arrived and as I went into the operating room, I knew that this would be the last time that this leg would operate, in the way it once did. After surgery, I seemed to do fine; but after I returned home from the hospital, it was soon time, for the bandages to be removed. After taking the stitches out and looking at what seemed to be a road map of scars on my knee…it began to sink in…and from there, I began to grieve over the loss of this leg; that I had walked with, for so long.
I would say that several years after the surgery, I was online…working with my ministry, when I received an email, from a man in Europe. He had been on the website that day and came across my bio and noticed that I had experienced a total fusion and rod in my right knee. Little did I know that God would allow this man to cross my path…a man who had just had the same surgery? He mentioned to me that he didn’t think that he would ever find someone, who could understand what he was going through. Right at that moment, I began to see; that my loss was God’s gain because everything that I had counted as loss, was so I could experience God in a way that would allow me to reach out to people, such as this man.
No matter what you are facing today…and no matter how bad it may seem; just know that these moments of loss…pain and heartache will be used, for God’s honor and His glory…for nothing is wasted in the eyes of God. I don’t know about you; but I have come to see that giving up everything in my life, to win Christ completely; fills all the empty voids, in an even greater way; then before the loss!
Blessings on your day!
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