From Adversity to Destiny
"The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position" (James 1:9).
Most of us avoid pain. We keep our medicine cabinets loaded with pain relievers. We couldn’t imagine major surgery without an anesthetic. We are so averse to pain that we think God must desire that we will experience pain-free lives. After all, a loving God surely wouldn’t want us to suffer pain, would He? Although God takes no pleasure in our pain, we have to acknowledge that He sometimes allows painful circumstances to occur in our lives in order to shape us and make us more like Christ. Sometimes our times of despair turn out to be a much needed light into our soul.
I once came across the following poem written by an anonymous Confederate soldier, a devout young man who fought in the American Civil War. The lines of this poem express the soul of a man who has learned to view his times of adversity from a different perspective:
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve;
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked God for health, that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.
I asked for riches, that I might be happy;
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life;
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for but everything I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among men, most richly blessed.*
Do we trust God to lead us even though we can’t see the pathway in front of us? Do we trust Him to be all-knowing, all-loving, and all-powerful? Do we believe He does all things well? As Paul wrote, "Everything that does not come from faith is sin" (Rom. 14:23). That’s why God leads us through the dark places.
Only in the darkness do we learn to walk by faith.
Okay, winding up our Summer EMR (1st Responder) classes.
Tonight was last night of lecture and skills..it was a hoot..I have been leading the trauma assessment station…
We had one gal, whom took the ‘check for priapism(look it up), way I mean WAY over the top..
We were laughing so damn hard I think a couple wet themselves…
OMG…You sweep the back of your hand over the groin when doing your rapid assessment…You DON’T bring it back and GROPE for the love of Peter, Paul and Mary…
Patient is unconscious so…..
There were more eyes rolling and I was laughing so damn hard I could hardly continue..Thanksfully it was towards the end of class…
Been that kind of week though…We are ready for a break and after next week we will have a bit of one..
In other news….#2 Son in Costa Rica and not a lot of news coming out, bits and pieces and enough so we know all is well.
My leg is getting better, slowly, still painful and of course I tripped over a damn garbage can at work and scuffed shin…right at the end of my anti biotics…hopefully it will not be a problem but being as I am prone to problems…
Have, to get the boat out…have to, not that I have a vehicle to pull it…but I can arrange something I am sure..
I am going to bed as it is late and I am rambling now..
Our speech and protests do not seem to be working..
Is it time for the 2nd?
Democraps videoing GOPs…Then turnabout is fair trade..
As for the GOPs having nice digs?
Maybe it is because they are mostly business folks etc and have worked and earned…
Have not spent their lives living of off the government of in academics corrupting and lying to our youth.
Now from what I have seen of the leftists in this effed up town they take nice places and let them go to shit, weeds galore, probably smoking them, and just shows their lack of self worth, responsibility and accountability..
And if I were a candidate and this happened my opponent would be in deep shit…becasue I would dropout of the race go into full time filming harassing anything else I could do to make their lives a living hell..
Remember you lefty a$$os don’t like guns.. we do…don’t threaten us..
The Motherland from the evil DYSONASAUR!