Since that day, I have heard so many stories. Perhaps, I had heard them before but not really heard them?
So many stories.
I realized these women had a perspective not unlike Paul.
Paul, a hero to many, endured much during his lifetime but always seemed to respond in joy. It was almost as if he sailed above it all. In Acts 23, the secret to his joy becomes apparent. He was living according to God’s story.
Imprisoned for years and brought in front of many leaders, he shared his testimony over and over again and often to big crowds of influential people. A glimpse into how Paul saw his life can be found in Acts 23:11, ‘The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, 'Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.'"
The truth was revealed! God was using Paul’s imprisonment to give him opportunities to testify and bring the Gospel where it would not have gone. Paul’s small story was difficult, inconvenient, hard and full of physical and emotional pain, but through the lens of the larger story he could see the eternal impact.
What if we began to see the hard circumstances in our lives as a place of opportunity? Maybe even the mundane moments we often find ourselves in actually have us strategically placed to display God’s love and hope to those around us. No matter what season of life we find ourselves, every day is an invitation to partner with God and what He is doing in the lives of those around us. We do not do this alone, because He has promised to be with us no matter what season we are in! May God give us the perspective to see our lives through His eyes.
Memory Verse: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV
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