There are times in our life when we go through struggles and hardships
that we do not fully understand. It is important that in these times of
difficulty we remain faithful and strong in the Lord and know that He has
a purpose behind that situation. It is easy to get down and depressed when
burdens pile up, but remember God's Word is true and He is faithful to
bring you forth stronger and victorious in the end.
(Ephesians 6:10-13) (Hebrews 10:23)
This is a good story that shows how God has a purpose in everything that
He asks us to do. God will never lay something upon your heart without a
great purpose behind it. I hope this message encourages your heart to
continually trust the Lord and know that He has great plans for your life
even though you might not see it right now. (Jeremiah 29:11)
THE ANT AND THE CONTACT LENS
Brenda was a young woman who was invited to go rock climbing. Although she
was very scared, she went with her group to a tremendous granite cliff. In
spite of her fear, she put on the gear, took a hold on the rope, and
started up the face of that rock.
Well, she got to a ledge where she could take a breather. As she was
hanging on there, the safety rope snapped against Brenda's eye and knocked
out her contact lens.
Here she is, on a rock ledge, with hundreds of feet below her and hundreds
of feet above her! Of course, she looked and looked and looked, hoping
the lens had landed on the ledge, but it just wasn't there.
Here she was, far from home, her sight now blurry. She was desperate and
began to get upset, so she prayed to the Lord to help her find her lens.
When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the
lens, but there was no contact lens to be found. She sat down, despondent,
with the rest of the party, waiting for the rest of them to make it up the
face of the cliff.
She looked out across range after range of mountains, thinking of that
verse that reads, "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the
whole earth." She thought, "Lord, You can see all these mountains. You
know every stone and leaf, and You know exactly where my contact lens is.
Please help me."
Finally, they walked down the trail to the bottom. At the bottom, there
was a new party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff. One
of them shouted out, "Hey, you guys! Anybody lose a contact lens?"
That would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An
ant was moving slowly across the face of the rock, carrying it on its back.
Brenda told me that her father is a cartoonist and when she told him the
incredible story of the ant, the prayer, and the contact lens, he drew a
picture of an ant lugging that contact lens with the words, "Lord, I don't
know why You want me to carry this thing. I can't eat it, and it's awfully
heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, I'll carry it for you."
I think it would probably do some of us good to occasionally say, "God, I
don't know why you want me to carry this load. I can see no good in it
and it's awfully heavy. But, if you want me to carry it, I will."
God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
People that suffered great hardships in their life learn from that
experience over time and are then able to help someone else that is going
through a similar situation. We might have never known what compassion
really was if we first hadn't suffered with a loss of a loved one, a failed
relationship or just any real problem that caused tremendous heartbreak. In
our sufferings, we learn and grow, and are then able to understand and have
compassion towards someone else going through a similar situation.
I encourage you to take your strides in life with a purpose and know that
God has great plans for your life. Never think that you are here on this
earth for no reason. God does not make or create anything without first
having a purpose and a plan in mind. If you are going through hard times,
be encouraged and know that sooner or later you are going to come forth
victorious and well-able to understand and be helping towards someone else
having difficult times in their life. I assure you that in the latter end,
the difficult times of life will bring great spiritual maturity as well as
Strengthen your Faith and dependence on the Lord. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Isaiah 30:18-21 "And therefore will the LORD wait, that He may be gracious
unto you, and therefore will He be exalted, that He may have mercy upon
you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for
Him. For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no
more: He will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when He
shall hear it, He will answer thee. And though the Lord give you the bread
of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be
removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: And
thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye
in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left."
Jeremiah 29:11-14 "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith
the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Then shall ye call upon Me, and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and I will
hearken unto you. And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search
for Me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORDů"
Proverbs 3:5-8 "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto
thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall
direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart
from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones."
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version.
Today's Selected Poem: ALWAYS BELIEVING
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Today's Selected Testimony: GOD NEVER GIVES UP
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In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry