I’ve been struggling lately because my computer went down – I mean the power just quit. Don’t know yet what the problem is, but had to go ahead and get a new laptop to continue doing my work. I have some backups in place, but in one place I don’t have all my files – like email addresses and website log-ins, etc. In another place I might have those but can’t get access to it on my new computer – Vista!!!
As I have been grousing and grumbling about all this I am struck by the Scripture that I say I live in – Romans 8:28 –
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
As I read it again I have to concede that in this process God is working for my good – doesn’t say He might, it says he does. However, the unmentioned issue is that just because God is working doesn’t mean the work is comfortable, enjoyable, or easy for those God is working for and working with (just ask Jesus as we look ahead to Good Friday).
Part of me even wonders if God is allowing this to happen because I have not been the perfect picture of a proper follower of Jesus. But, as I think about that God seems to be nudging me – “Mike, why could I not just be using this situation to make you stronger because I want you to be stronger?” And I guess He could be doing just that.
Notice the difference that one perspective makes over the other. In my first thought I found myself loaded down by the guilt of not being the “good” person I should be and so God has to discipline me and pound on me like a blacksmith on an anvil fixing a mistake. In the second viewpoint I become raw material God longs to make into something much more useful – like clay on the potter’s wheel.
How often do we see ourselves in light of our shortcomings and lack of faith? Could it be that God sees us differently than we see ourselves? Could it be that God looks at us through eyes of grace and with an attitude of great hope for the potential He sees in us? And if that last answer is “yes”, how differently should we see ourselves?
The LORD your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)
So, my computer problem may just be a reminder that God takes delight in me – who knew?
Likewise, could it be God is allowing you to work through a struggle in order to strengthen you for the journey ahead of you? If so, it’s because he sees in you great potential for helping Him redeem the world. That’s something to hang your hat on.
Holy high five to you, Mike.