This morning, as I've been sitting here in the peaceful presence of God, I've been looking back on all the loss that has taken place over my life. I will never forget when it first began. As many of you know, I have dealt with a lot of knee problems, and when I was a kid…the things that meant so much to me were suddenly removed from my childhood, due to these knee problems that began from birth.
I'm sure that all of us have experienced one form of loss or another. Maybe it's been the loss of a good friend or family member…or maybe it's been the loss of something that you once held dear to your heart. No matter what kind of loss we've experienced in this lifetime…sometimes it's not always easy to understand why a God of love and mercy would ever allow these difficult times to enter our lives.
When I was a young girl, I found God's word to be of comfort at particular times in my life…and a few of the very first bible verses that touched my heart were found in Philippians 3:7-8, which reads… "But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8) 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,"
As I'm writing you this morning, my thoughts are going back to a very difficult time in my life. It was a moment, when my knee had dislocated really bad. As I sat in the examining room, while the surgeon looked at a knee that was swollen like a small melon, he turned to me and said… "Diane, what were you doing, when your knee dislocated?" I looked at him and said… "I was riding my bike around the campground, where my family had been vacationing at the time." From there, he looked at me…and I could tell that he was struggling to say what was on his mind; but he did say that I would no longer be able to ride a bike again. That was one of the most heartbreaking moments in my life, as my bike and I were best friends. From there, it only got worse and worse with time, as I had to stop playing tennis and sell my ice skates.
Later, as I grew up…never did I know that I would face other losses in my life, like the loss of children. As each loss continued to pile upon another, I began to wonder if God had stopped loving me; after all, I didn't see anyone else around me, who had been experiencing loss in this way.
As I sit here right now and look back to these very painful moments of the past, I can say that with time…God did show me the reason behind all this loss in my life…and it was just like these bible verses say… "…for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung…or refuse, that I may win Christ." Never did I realize at the time; that God was leading me to these two verses in the bible, at such a young age; because He had a plan for my life, and it was apparently beginning at that time.
You know…loss is not always easy to accept. In fact, it makes us wonder why these moments are taking place in our lives. Even though we may not fully understand them at the time…there is a plan, and what I have come to see; is that sometimes, we have to lose out on life, so that we may gain Christ in a greater way…for reasons that only He knows. We must remember that nothing that Christ chooses to do is in vain; but rather, it always serves a purpose…and I think that if we could seek out that purpose, rather than thinking on the loss itself; that this is where hope would take us by the hand and lead us to the reason behind that loss.
One thing I can say to you today, as I close this letter to you; is that what I have gained in my life, has far surpassed the pain that I once experienced, through every moment of loss. If we could only see loss in this way; then hope would always remain alive within us…and it wouldn't seem so difficult to get through these painful moments of loss.
Today, I thank God for reminding me, as to how far He's brought me, in this life of mine…and now I pray that He will do the same for you…no matter what you may be experiencing right now. Remember…God doesn't allow these moments into your life to harm you; but to take you to better places that He has destined for your life, so focus on what He can do, rather than what has been done to you.
Well, it's time for me to move on; but I sure have enjoyed writing you today! Please take good care…and have a very special Thanksgiving...and return on Friday, as I will have another letter of encouragement…waiting here just for you! God bless!
With love & prayers…
It's Always & Only Because of Him…