When we look back at hard experiences, whether they happened 10, 20 or 40 years ago, it can be helpful to think about the if of that time. If I knew then, what I know now, what would I tell others going through a similar time?
We obviously would want to know how everything turned out…or would we? Even it the outcome was not what we wanted?
Would we want to know that GOD was sufficient to the task of providing what we needed at the time? Whether the needs were emotional, spiritual or more of a mundane need.Would we want to know that GOD was sufficient to the task of providing what we needed at the time? Click To Tweet
Would we want to know that the experience gave us a depth and maturity that we didn’t have before then? We may not have even realized it at the time, but looking back, we realize that it affected our thinking in ways that changed us.
So often, in the years after, we find out that there were other events that happened interwoven long with those hard events that have added texture and contrast to our lives. stop
One benefit of aging…seeing the endings of many stories!
There are some benefits to aging. Now I have the 70ish overview. I’ve been getting to watch the endings of some of the stories I saw the beginnings of. They haven’t all turned out the way I anticipated. People I expected to run into big problems as adults, matured into wonderful people by the grace of GOD. Others who had great potential, made a mess of their adulthood.
How did that happen? Many of those who failed, thought they knew it all. They wanted to do it their way! They weren’t humble enough to listen to the wisdom of others or listen to what GOD had to say to them through His Word. If we think we know it all, no matter how little or how much “talent” we have, we will get into a lot of trouble.
Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long.
Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!
Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
**The word for today’s Five Minute Friday is if.