A year ago, I spent several days helping a friend pack up her belongings so she could move from Minnesota to Texas to live closer to family. When I said goodbye I told her, “Till we meet again”. This friend had placed her trust in Jesus Christ. While I didn’t expect to see her again in this life, I knew I would see her in the next.
I had no idea that God would take her home to heaven so soon after moving to Texas. Shortly after she got there, she found out she had terminal cancer. She died a couple of weeks later.
The verse I chose today fits her personality. She lived through so many very hard times. Appendicitis (which I think caused a miscarriage), a kidney transplant, being widowed with two children, Parkinson’s caused by anti-rejection drugs – and that is only what I remember. This woman lived through many trials.
One word that described her life is faithfulness. She was faithful in her service to Christ. She didn’t have a flashy life; she was a wonderful example of simply and faithfully serving God despite hardship. She didn’t do this in her own strength. She didn’t have much strength. She was often weak, but God gave her strength to keep going.
Friends, how often do we truly seek God’s way? How often do we seek our own? I can assure you, God’s way is the best. His way gives the most satisfaction, joy, comfort, security and every other positive that can be had in this life.
While we live through desert times, God always provides refreshing water.
Since I was 25, I needed to wear vision correction. My issue has been with distance vision. The farther away something gets, the more blurry it looks to me.
Glasses are a good illustration for how we see in life. If we don’t have the proper vision correction we won’t see clearly. The only way to get proper vision is to allow God to correct the issues. Just as I need to go to the eye doctor to find out what prescription I need to see clearly, I need to go to my Spiritual Physician to make sure I see life clearly.
As flawed human beings we tend to see things through our own selfishness. We need God to show us where we are wrong. The Psalmist knew this.
God has our best interest in mind. So ask Him to show you what you need to change. He will and He will help change you. God loves you that much.
When Jesus came to earth, he experienced both joy and sorrow. He was willing for our sake to endure the horrors of the cross. He has sent ahead of us a “cloud of witnesses” – others who have lived through joys and sorrows of their own.
As we keep our eyes on Jesus, we can enjoy more of the joys and live stronger through the sorrows. Many have done it before, and more will continue. God has made it possible.