Recently, I heard someone share a thought that is so valuable and helpful to me that I feel it must be passed on, and I have asked for her permission to share it with all of you.
Our sister in Christ shared about a particularly difficult patch of life that she and her husband had been through and how as different challenges mounted up, she thought of how many years they had sought to be faithful to God and how their lives surely demonstrated that faithfulness. But in the midst of the recent problems, she thought resentfully, “I don’t deserve this!” With that posture, she resisted efforts being made to bring resolution and help.
But then, she shared, God gave her a gift—a gift of perspective…maybe a mind change. While she was focused on things that were going wrong, God opened her eyes to see all the efforts being made to help and to encourage her and her husband. He showed her many examples of how his grace was coming to her. This time she was overwhelmed in a different way, and with a very new and grateful spirit said, “I don’t deserve this!”
Amazing. The same words, “I don’t deserve this,” said at one point, took on an entirely new meaning because of a new perspective. And that new perspective set her free to let God work and the results have been clear and powerful.
God’s gift to her became God’s gift to me, and others who heard her, and I hope God’s gift to you.