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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

God's Amazing Grace

I remember how amazed I was when I first heard Jennifer Rothschild’s testimony. Jennifer is a speaker, author and a singer who was diagnosed at age 15 with a disease that was taking her eye sight. I have heard her share her story on numerous occasions and each time I am more inspired than the last.

Think about it, if you were told today it is only a matter of time before you will no longer see anything for the rest of your life what would your reaction be?

My first thought would be to go and see everything I could possibly see. Take in every color, every mountain, every cloud, every sunrise and sunset, wallpapering my mind with as many sights and memories as I could so when the day came I could no longer see I would be able to remember.

Then I would think of my children yet to be born, I would never see their faces or my husband’s for that matter. I would never be able to even see what I looked like as I aged (well that one might actually be ok). There would be no reading of a good book on a cold rainy day. As I would ponder these thoughts I am sure they would spiral me into a deep dark pit of depression.

But this was not Jennifer’s reaction. Not one time does she speak of any of these actions or thoughts.

So what was Jennifer’s first reaction? After that fateful doctor’s visit, she and her parents drove straight home in a car filled with dreams dashed and hopes vanished. After she walked through the doorway she would one day not be able to see, but have to feel her way through, she walked straight to her piano and proceeded to play and sing. Amazingly she was playing it in a key she had never played in before. The song she was singing? It is Well with My Soul

Oh, to handle such devastation with that kind of dignity and grace could only be God.

2 Corinthians 12:9 tells us, “…My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness…”

How could Christ’s power possibly work better in my weakness?

I once heard of a lifeguard who was not rushing out to a drowning man to save him but remained on the shore just watching him. An onlooker asked the lifeguard why he was not doing his job and he responded that if he was to go out there the man would panic and because of his strength pull the lifeguard down and they would both drown. He told the onlooker I have to wait until he is about to go under, when he is at his weakest point, then and only then can I save him.

At our weakest point is when God has total control over our salvation. That’s how God’s power works best in our weakness.

Salvation for you today may be a physical healing, a new job, bills being paid, a relationship restored, exercising forgiveness or maybe just a little dignity and grace enabling you to deal with the overwhelming circumstances life can bring.

No matter what type of salvation you need it is through grace that we all are saved and it is something we do not have to earn but simply receive as all gifts are. (Ephesians 2:8)

I am sure Jennifer never would have chosen to go through her adult life with no sight. But on the other hand it has been her salvation because in her weakness Christ power has developed her strength and character enabling her to walk in the darkness and it has worked many mighty miracles. There are books and songs that would have never been released, Bible studies never written and countless lives that would have never been touched.

As I look back to the weakest moments in my own life, I see where God reached down and saved me just before I was about to go under. No, I too would have never chosen to walk in my times of darkness, but I am so thankful I did because my reliance upon Him and His grace toward me has shaped, molded, stretched and matured me into the woman I am today.

They say experience is the best teacher. I pray that every negative and weak experience you and I encounter throughout our lives God’s power and grace would always remain greater.

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NKJV)

Reflection:

What have been some of your weakest moments in life? Have you given it all to God? Did He let you drown or can you vividly see His salvation?

Are you better because of the experience you have walked through? If so, give thanks to God for His power and grace that is always greater than our weakness.


Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:2
Tina

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