Hello everyone! I hope that your day is off to a great start! Today, I thought I'd share something special with you...especially since it's been a busy week for me. Instead of my writing today, I thought I'd share a writing from one of my books, titled..."Devotions that will become a Remedy During Difficult Times." I hope you enjoy the writing and I pray that your day will be filled with the presence of God!
God Replenishes Our Loss
The things that we give up in this life may allow us to feel as though we have lost life itself. It seems as though we all grow up with dreams of doing this or being that and then something comes into our life, like an illness or some other circumstance and before we know it…we've lost the desire of our heart.
In a worldly way; we would see total defeat through these moments but I truly believe that when God takes something out of our lives, it's so He can give us more of Himself. We need to remember that we are only on this earth for a short time, as though we are just staying in a motel, until God is finished and ready for His children to come home…so we need to concentrate on where we are headed eternally, instead of where we are just heading for the moment. Matthew 16:25-26 reads..."For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. (26) For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"
Being a child of God means real commitment. It's so easy to say..."I love you Jesus," when everything is going fine; but do we still feel that great love for Him, when are lives are experiencing overwhelming moments of pain and heartache?
When we go down another road in life on our own, to avoid these moments, then this road may also lead us further away from God. This may be a road, where we turn inwardly and become more acquainted with our suffering, instead of God and the purpose He has for our lives.
If we are to discover the true purpose God has for us; then that may mean a pathway of pain or heartache. In my own life, I watched other children that were around my age enjoy life. While other kids were enjoying the life that allowed them to run and jump and have a good time, I spent a lot of my time in a hospital bed. For the longest time, it was hard for me to understand why other children got to enjoy life, when I just sat in my own world of disability but as I became more deeply connected with God, I began to see His true purpose for my life and that brought a peace that I hadn't had for a long time.
We are all the same in God's eyes and He loves all of us the same but this can also make it hard to sometimes understand why other people have an easier life than others. Today, I was looking at a beautiful picture of a strawberry, which I'm not allowed to eat, on a special kidney diet that my doctor has me on. It's amazing how much we take something like a strawberry for granted, until we can't enjoy them anymore but as I was sitting and talking with my husband; God began to show me something. It was as if He was trying to relay to me; that I may not be able to enjoy a strawberry but I can still see the beautiful bright red color of the berry. He was also revealing to me, that when we lose one thing in this life, it's so we can appreciate something else. In other words, we lose something, to find something deeper in our lives.
As Christians we may lose moments of joy, due to pain or we may lose someone close to us or we may be confined to a wheelchair and have lost the use of our legs. No matter what we have lost...God longs to give us something better in its place and that's Him.