As you read the title you might be thinking, "Yeah, sure... she must have never had days like I've had." You know what, you are right. I probably have not had days exactly like what you have had. On the other hand, you probably have not had days exactly like what I've have had either. It goes both ways.
I can only tell you that in times of sorrow, in times of uncertainty, in times of hardship, in times of illness, in times when no one could hear my cry except God I would suddenly discover that I was not alone. I would suddenly look around and discover something. I would discover that God had been with me all along.
If I would stop for just a moment and take my eyes off what my circumstances were; if I would stop and fix my eyes upon God, the situation would suddenly become transformed. Oh, I might still be getting a chemo infusion, the bills might be mounting up or a co-worker might be giving me grief but as I move from being "self-centered" to "Christ-centered", something amazing happens. I start seeing God.
It's sort of a no-brainer when you think about it isn't it. How on earth am I supposed to see God if I am occupied with looking down at myself... or at someone else for that matter? I won't.
A beautiful example of how we ought to respond to adversity in our lives is found in the sixteenth chapter of Acts. Paul and Silas had been thrown into prison. Their crime? They obeyed God. Chained and placed in an inner cell, away from family and friends, these men did what few of us would do in similar circumstances.
And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. Acts 16:25They're not complaining about their situation. They are singing praises to God. They were no longer focused on their circumstances, they were focused on God.
When you are focused on God, you cannot help but praise Him. That's what happens when you encounter God.
This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24He has redeemed us! We are His very own! That is enough reason for us to rejoice every single day of our lives.
AMEN, K Each and every day is a gift from God. We CAN make every day a good day, even when bad things happen. (Note I did not say a [i]nice[/i] day!)
As soon as I saw the title to this blog, I was going to include a song by Lincoln Brewster in a comment. You beat me to that one...
Thanks for the inspiration,
[quote]I move from being "self-centered" to "Christ-centered", something amazing happens. I start seeing God. It's sort of a no-brainer when you think about it isn't it. How on earth am I supposed to see God if I am occupied with looking down at myself... or at someone else for that matter? I won't. [/quote]
Amen! Very well said!
In Jesus Christ,