Here is a story I came across a while back. Every time I read it or share it with someone else, it draws me closer to God and I feel more of His abundant love and care for me. I pray God will use this story to encourage you as well. Here goes!
A mother and her little girl were returning from a country fair. The daughter was wearing glass bangles around her wrists and also had her hands full with toys, balloons and sweet treats that her mother had purchased for her at the fair. The little girl was understandably excited and chattered all the way.
As they passed by the side of a deep cliff, the girl’s leg slipped and she started falling down the hill. The mother’s immediate reflex was to grab hold of her daughter’s hand and she was able to pull her up. But in the commotion, the girl lost her toys and everything else she was holding in her hand.
Not only had she lost her prized possessions, her glass bangles had broken in the shuffle and had cut into her arms. The sight of blood on her hands and the thought of having lost everything she had bought that day was too much for the little girl to bear. She started crying and was inconsolable.
The mother on the other hand was truly happy because she had saved her child. Yes, her daughter was bleeding and she had lost her toys, but she was alive. The mother’s reasoning was that, “Even though my baby is crying now, she is safe and sound with me… and that’s what matters.”
And that is God’s reasoning as well when He gives us trials and tribulations – He is saving us from falling into darkness. In the process, we may lose some things and even our dear ones, but His purpose is to save us and He is happy with the end result. He wants us to be safe and sound with Him.
“Therefore, behold, I will allure her [Israel] and bring her into the wilderness, and I will speak tenderly and to her heart. There I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor [troubling] to be for her a door of hope and expectation. And she shall sing there and respond as in the days of her youth…” (Hosea 2:14-15 AMP)
In the verses above, God talks about taking us into a wilderness – a time where we feel deserted, lonely, overcome by difficulties and struggling to hold on. But in the midst of our problems, God will meet us. He will make the cause of our troubles a door of hope – a glimpse of amazing things to come. And there, alone with Him, with nobody else to influence us and nothing else to entice us, we will realize that God is all we need. He will never leave us nor forsake us.
If you are going through a painful time in your life, if you feel overcome by your troubles – don’t blame God. He is making a way out for you. He is using your situation to keep you from falling prey to evil; He is keeping you from eternal death. He has placed you safe by His side and He wants you to always remain near Him. Let us praise God for all the love and care He is bestowing on us.
To conclude, I leave you with this promise – God will preserve you and keep you from all harm. Rest in His assurance today!
“The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.” (Psalm 121:7-8 KJV)