As We Pray to See Signs of Jesus through Our Pain, We Ourselves May Be a Sign

We become so used to the pain in our lives from our disease, sometimes we miss the daily signs of Jesus here in our world, the blessings He is giving us. Bronlynn shares.

“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory. . . Since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart” (2 Corinthians 3:18-4:1).

On my more difficult days I sometimes yearn for a personal sign from God. Some days He speaks through a song, a particular Scripture passage, or through beauty in nature. Other times He shows Himself through the encouragement of believers.

As children of God we are all instruments of His love and presence to others. I have received cards and emails which have lifted me out of a pit of self-pity and despair. Phone calls have helped me through depression and discouragement. The writings of God’s people through Rest Ministries have been a huge encouragement in my life.

A friend of mine wrote the following on Facebook: “Yesterday on my way into work I prayed that I might see Jesus. As the day went along I made a frightened child laugh, gave a drink of water and chair to an elderly lady, calmed an anxious co-worker and enjoyed the fellowship of those around me. On the way home I thanked God for answering my prayer. All day long I saw Jesus and I saw him in the most unexpected place. I saw him in me.”

I thought about her words and realized that I can be a way Jesus makes Himself visible, not only to others but to myself. I may not be able to physically bless others the way this friend did, but realizing that God can show Himself through me even in my more limited abilities gives new hope and meaning to my life. God is confirming that even in in my weaknesses His Spirit is still living and working within me.

We are all reflections of His glory, so when we look at ourselves in the mirror let’s see a reflection of who and what we truly are in God’s eyes, and not lose heart.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, as I long for You to show Yourself to me today, let me not overlook one of Your most wonderful signs–Your holy presence living in me. Amen.

About the author:
Bronlynn Spindler lives in VA and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband and three grown daughters. God’s grace and strength have brought her through thyroid cancer and continue to sustain her through ongoing back pain, depression, headaches, multiple sensitivities, eye pain, and fibromyalgia. You may view her blog of devotionals at http://www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com.

When was the last time that you saw something that touched you and reminded you of God’s love?

We have a pinterest page dedicated to videos that offer hope. This site is a great “go-to” place when you need uplifted and to see some signs of Jesus here in our world. Below is one of the videos I thought might touch your heart today. “The Story of a Fathers Love” features Rick Hoyt, who wanted to participate in a 5-mile race, only he has cerebral palsey and couldn’t do it alone. But his dad helped him out. Grab a tissue for this one! -Lisa

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