“God Calling” today is about sharing in the sufferings and difficulties of mankind. After reading the message, I am overwhelmed by gratitude once again; gratitude for every night I’ve spent outside, every bug bite scar, for every minute spent waiting in a food line or a clothing donation line. I’m grateful for all the material losses and every difficulty I’ve had to face in this “homelessness.” If from those things my life is made more fit to serve Jesus, the, just as Paul said, “I count it all loss to gain Him.”
It is this way, really, with everything we suffer and every difficulty we face. Every abuse, every sorrow, every trial in my life can become a bridge to another suffering soul if I let God use it. This is the exchange that takes place when I bring those burdens to the Lord. What He gives me in exchange is multiplied-just like the fishes and loaves. What He makes of each trial (beauty for ashes) is multiplied. It not only means healing for me then, but for others also, to whom my life is “bridged.”
There’s a song “Because He Lives”-but really, it is because He died that we live. The same happens when we offer up our sufferings to become the bridge to another soul in need. Because I have suffered loss, I can mourn with you; and I can show you the One who can turn your mourning into joy again-because He gave me my joy back. Because I have fallen down and didn’t know how I was going to begin to get back up again, I can come down there to where you are now and show you the One who can help you get back on your feet again-because He helped me get up. Because I found myself completely lost one day and didn’t even know who or what I was anymore, I can show you the One who found me, and saved me, and helped me to overcome all that had me bound up in confusion and despair. I can praise Him with you too because without Him I’d still be mourning. Without Him I’d still be down, bound up in confusion and despair and lost.
Jesus said that unless a kernel of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it cannot produce life. My prayer today is this: Lord, every time I’m on my knees in some trial, every time I have to mourn the loss of something in my life, every time I find myself face down in the dirt; in every difficulty, in every trial, in every tear that I must cry in sorrow and pain, please Lord, Jesus, let me see You. And, let me be grateful and offer thanksgiving and praise to you because in each of those “kernels” is the beauty of Your life and love and the beauty of life lived with You, waiting to burst forth in due time. Amen