7:06 PM GMT
The latest learning curve.
I am realising that something I have always feared actually need not be a cause for dismay…
You see, for a while now I have felt that God occasionally puts me in somebody’s life for a season - as though I meet them by divine appointment simply in order to bless them or serve some sort of purpose in particular. Once I have served that purpose I am then removed from their life again, and soon after I find, from experience, that God has moved them onto better things. He has used me as a willing vessel to encourage or support the work He is doing in their life, and then once my part is played, they move on and we part company.
Thing is, before now, I have often been too caught up in being bitter about the being left behind part when I ought to have been rejoicing in His handiwork and desire to use me in the first place. If you like -
Wallowing in another supposed rejection when I should have been grateful for my temporary election.
Well the reason I bring it up is this - I have just seen another example of the fruit of God putting me in someone’s life for a season. Honestly, though we no longer talk (their choice), I feel blessed that the Lord used me in their life to a positive end. Do not misunderstand me, there is no gloating of self here - any impact I might have had is 150% God’s credit to take.
All I am saying is that for once I don’t feel resentment at seeing somebody who has moved on while I remain here in the same spot.
So why do I say all this? Well, for two reasons:
1) We can never predict the course of any relationship, be it a friend or otherwise. In all probability, I will lose contact with some of you over the coming years for various reasons, and as such, my sincere prayer is that I might, through God’s grace and power, bless and encourage you in any way possible, in case we one day cease to communicate, by choice or force.
2) Life can throw you curveballs. People who you never thought could hurt, will do damage. There is no way around that - it is one of the basic human flaws. Just don’t let the shock of it happening breed resentment where instead we ought to sow compassion and forgiveness. Take opportunities to show Christ in your words, attitude and deeds wherever you can, especially to those who cause you great pain -
Jesus didn’t lay down his life just for the ones who loved him back.
I pray that this post will bless and encourage you today, my brothers and sisters.