No other way…
I like this quote from C. S. Lewis…
God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn in no other way.
It’s almost crazy how many individuals I know personally who are going through very low points right now – I mean very low. One elderly gentleman struggling with depression and his sweet little wife weeps as she requests prayer for her husband of 50+ years; one lady ends up in ICU with a life threatening infection from a very simple medical procedure – her life weighs in the balance; one young man struggling with flashbacks and fears from the war that cause him to question whether life is worth living; one elderly lady’s heart is broken for her daughter who’s husband left her for another woman, walking out on a marriage of 20 years and three beautiful children; one man who has struggled with drug addiction for years but has made a clean break, yet knows his future lies in the hands of the justice system this week; my list could go on and on. Where is God in all of these situations? And where is He in your current circumstances?
God is at work on their behalf, and on yours, and on mine. He has a lesson to teach each of us, so He has chosen these circumstances because there’s no other way. How do we know there’s no other way? Because He would not ask us to go through this if there was another way. Maybe He’s already tried other ways and we missed the lesson. Or maybe He knows us so well He knows He has to cut to the chase and go straight for the low points, no need to waste our time or His. Either way, God is at work and He knows what He’s doing. Even when it makes no sense.
Do you trust Him today with your circumstances? I pray you do. He’s the teacher, and the lesson is a valuable one. We must be good students. Sometimes there’s no other way.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose” (Philippians 2:13).
“I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw” (Proverbs 24:32).
Thank you for the messages I received via email or Facebook or Guestbook encouraging me to take last week off, even from posting devotionals. It meant so much to me to know a) you’re still reading; and b) I have your prayers and support. We had a wonderful vacation! Much love to all of you.