Opportunity vs. Bitterness

I am God. Today I will be handling all of your problems. Please remember that I do not need your help. If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it. Kindly put it in the SFGTD (something for God to do) box. It will be addressed in My time, not yours. Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold on to it.

If you find yourself stuck in traffic; Don’t despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege.

Should you have a bad day at work; Think of the man who has been out of work for years.

Should you despair over a relationship gone bad; Think of the person who has never known what it’s like to love and be loved in return.

Should you grieve the passing of another weekend; Think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week to feed her children.

Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance; Think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk.

Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror; Think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.

Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking what is my purpose? Be thankful. There are those who didn’t live long enough to get the opportunity.

Should you find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities; Remember, things could be worse. You could be them.

We all have dreams, aspirations and goals. What makes up each can be influenced by our experiences and exposures. We ask children “what do you wanna be when you grow up?” We love hearing the replies and the light in their little eyes. One of the saddest things to witness is when this innocent “light” is extinguished and replaced by a hollow and cynical void. And what puts out this light? Could it be exposures to life and people’s “extremes” that cause these lights to go out? One scripture that always strikes me is one where “it would be better for a millstone to be tied around the neck of those that would make one of these “little ones” stumble.

What is meant be this? Many commentaries have been made on the meaning of this verse, and many more I’m sure are to come. I guess my thought is not all Jesus’s sayings must be strictly “religious” in context, but can also be applied to everyday practical life and situations.

Between birth and death we are and can be shaped by our experiences. But we all have a choice on what we choose to ultimately shape and affect us.  It takes a lot of strength to develop and hold onto this mindset, strength that many do not have in the natural.

The scriptures state not to be tossed about like ships on the sea. Most of life is that great sea which we desperately try to navigate. Some areas are calm, while others are riddled with rocks, torrential rains and of course the sudden hurricanes that come on the scene. Without protection we WILL find ourselves, tossed, broken and shipwrecked. The blessing of scripture is there is nothing that isn’t provided that our gracious and loving Father doesn’t provide the strength to accomplish. If need be He will provide the sails to sail us through, the map to guide us and if needed will take the helm to see us through to success.

And if we do happen to shipwreck in life it’s solely up to us on how we will react. Will we choose to wallow in despair, giving up entirely allowing our situation to so shape us that we lose all hope of restoration? Or do we instead let God turn what the Enemy meant for our harm into a path of restoration, renewal and a new creature far stronger and wiser than before. We will then be prepared to venture into OCEANS vs. seas that will bring a greater joy than we could have ever imagined.

I have many times let those around me and my situations “dim” my light. I heard a great statement over the weekend which said that “we are to be reflections and sources of God’s Light”. But even a mirror will reflect only darkness if it is in a dark room. We have to let God’s Light shine through and reflect driving out the darkness.  Striving to bring to those searching for Light to God and all He has to offer.

Seeing only bitterness in troubling situations vs. viewing them as opportunities to grow in God is a difficult path. Lord knows how many times I have faltered in following down this narrow road. I know my inner light has dimmed from time to time but pray and hope each day to remain in and glorify His light always. My prayer is for each and every one of you to hold onto the same.

Be Forever Blessed!

Jojo

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