Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Is it an M or a W - A Christian view

I was reminded yesterday that life is filled with twists and turns, ups and downs, mountaintops and the darkest of valleys, joy and despair.  But no matter what comes our way, God has promised His children that He will allow nothing to pass through his fingers, that you will be unable to bear.  His promise is in Romans 8:28. "We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose".

By focusing on the moment, the here and now, we frequently forget, that God views our lives differently then we do.  Where we see a W, He sees an M; it is simply a matter of perspective.  Those fleeting moments in life that we think of as our finest, our grandest, our best, the ones that we desire to cling onto, those that we cherish, those that glorify our life; and ourselves, our mountaintops if you will, are probably viewed differently in heaven, they may well in fact be our deepest valleys.

Rather it is in our dark days, our M’s, those times when we have entered a valley so deep that it appears to be a bottomless abyss. When you are made to bear the unbearable, to endure the unimaginable, when dreams and lives are crushed, when all that you are and all that you have is lost, when at last faith and hope in yourself is lost; it is then in God’s eyes that you stand on the pinnacle of your finest moment, your W, when all you have left, is your faith in Him and that He has not forgotten nor abandoned you.  Faith untested is not faith.

It is in this split-second, this blink of the eye that you fully come to “Faith”.  In complete faith you accept that He will work together for good those who love Him, and that ultimately, when you get to heaven, you will see the greater good that He brought despite your suffering.  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God”. Ephesians 2:8-9

A good man was called home yesterday, a man who had his share of M’s in this life; but I know that now that he is in heaven he realizes they were W’s; just as God always knew they were.  Well done Clayton, well done. So in your own quest to answer the question 'What is Christianity" consider if it is a M or a W. 

90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death & Life

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