“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)
Are we always able to give thanks to God for what happens to us?
Sometimes it seems that God must lead us through circumstances and places that we would not choose for ourselves. We don’t always see what He may be trying to teach us or show us in these circumstances, but when we look back – sometimes years later – we are able to see how we have grown because of what we have been through.
The point is, God is leading us. God really does use our life experiences for our betterment, He brings good things out of what can seem bad, to us, or to those around us. Those of us who suffer from chronic illness, would not have wished to have the illness, but I would have to admit that the things I have learned through years of pain, have made me a different and I think, better person and have drawn me closer to my God.
If circumstances are used to draw us closer to God and make us more tender in our dealings with each other, then surely we can see some good in our situation.
There is a Steve Green song I love that talks about letting God do whatever it takes to bring us closer to Him. Do I have the courage to sing with Steve Green . . . whatever it takes, Lord . . .do I?
I believe, only by trusting in God, who has all things in His control and who knows me, and sees both the beginning and the end.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is learning to be grateful for the things God is teaching her as she lives with chronic pain and prays that she will be able to accept “Whatever it takes”. She loves to find time for reading, writing, travel and photography.