I’m glad in God, far happier than you would ever guess—happy that you’re again showing such strong concern for me. Not that you ever quit praying and thinking about me. You just had no chance to show it. Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. I don’t mean that your help didn’t mean a lot to me—it did. It was a beautiful thing that you came alongside me in my troubles.
Philippians 4:10-14 (MSG)
Sometimes when you are in what seems to be the worst place you could be, you are actually in the best place conceivable. It all depends upon perspective really – Is it yours or Gods you are concerned with?
I know that things can be uncomfortable, that relationships are difficult to grow or maintain, that the job may not be a good fit, that you may not be living in the place you want to, and that there is suffering and pain. But is it possible that these things are all working to bring something great to pass in your life?
To see our hearts move from a place of personal determination to dependency on Gods provision, might be the biggest leap we will ever make.
We all know it is true that we learn and grow more in difficult times than in Good ones, and still we often maneuver our way through things without the slightest thought to what God may be doing in us. We probe our minds for solutions that require the least effort or pain on our part and off we go in pursuit. We want control.
I know very well what it is to be in a place in which you can’t do anything to change your circumstance. Well, at least physically. While we are often trapped by our own decisions, this isn’t always the case. God creates opportunities for us to learn and trust, the problem arises when we spend our energy trying to wiggle out of the process and avoid the greatest purpose, and profit.
I can see more clearly now that as I have loosened my grip and efforts to control life and instead kept in prayerful contact with my source, God. I can begin to see His subtle and yet enormous plan. We have an example in which we can find tremendous strength and hope, so let us see this life from a God-perspective.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 (KJV)