God’s never wastes a bad experience. God can use setbacks, disappointments, and tragedies to bring you to a point of trusting Him. Then, once encouraged, He will use you to help someone else going through a bad experience. Don’t let bitterness be used by the enemy, but let healing and forgiveness be used by God to bring reviva!
Please read this devotional by a fellow Village resident and PRAY FOR REVIVAL.
Seek His Insight into Your Troubles (by Karen Jordan)
A few days before I delivered our firstborn, my mother-in-law died unexpectedly. Her tragic death sent waves of shock and grief throughout our family.
To make matters worse, my father-in-law had just been released from the hospital following surgery. Within days, we felt obligated to abandon our apartment, nursery and all, and move into his home to help him recover. When my son was born, I found myself living in a strange house with a demanding new baby, not having a clue about how to care for him, my recuperating father-in-law, or my grieving husband.
I remember sitting in my mother-in-law’s yellow leather rocker, crying as I tried to rock my son to sleep. I had never faced this type of crisis before, when everything seemed to be caving in on me at once. As I wrestled with my thoughts about my faith, I recalled a Scripture I had read:
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
Suddenly, I understood what that passage meant for me. God brought this child into my life at this particular time for a reason. God was working out a great plan…for both of us.
Father, there are many times when difficulties wedge their way between my heart and your presence. As You restore my soul, use me as a source of encouragement for others.
(Karen Jordan lives in Hot Springs Village)