“I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them all garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him” (Philippians 3:8-9)
Have you ever had one of those days that you knew without a doubt that if your head wasn’t physically attached to your body you would have left it somewhere, the location of which was never to be found again? Recently I had just such a day, and of course it coincided with a day that I was at my worst physically.
This particular day I was constantly misplacing things. Unfortunately one happened to be my set of house keys! My husband joined in my search but we were unsuccessful.
Ironically I wasn’t super upset, knowing my husband and how he takes these things in stride–he would just change our locks (which he did that day). Unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of my losses that day.
Next was a ring he had given me when we were first married. Again we searched, but to no avail. Now came the tears. This wasn’t an expensive ring; but I knew that he had scrimped and saved at that time in our marriage, to have it made especially for me. It was special, unique and created out of love just for me.
As I dwelled on this the next day, it occurred to me how God must feel when we, His precious children, are wandering lost in this world. So often we allow the garbage that this world so easily produces, including illness, to weigh us down or lose sight of who we are in Him.
As I reflected I realized anew what a precious gift I was given from the One who created me, uniquely, out of love, just like the ring that I lost. Then He, my Savior, gave up everything that I could be “found in Him.”
Prayer: Father, thank You for creating each of us unique out of yYour unconditional love for us. As we walk through our daily lives, each of us with our own illness difficulties, help us to remember that all this “garbage” and loss we may deal with is worth the joy we gain in knowing we are “found” in You. Amen.
About the author:
Diane Kalata lives in Florida. She has three grown children, and a wonderful husband who offers much support. She enjoys leading a women’s bible study group as well as an online chronic pain and illness support group. She enjoys art and writing as well. It is her hope to bring encouragement to others as she deals with various chronic illnesses and pain; comforting others as God has comforted her.
Where are you today? Are you feeling lost, or have you been found by the one and only Savior?
I know I have had days like Diane where I seem to misplace everything! This song, “While I am Waiting” is from the “Fireproof” soundtrack. We spend a lot of our time waiting–and looking for lost things.” This song shares how we can be in the midst of waiting for things to get better and still be hopeful–even those times when tears are falling. Be encouraged. -Lisa