The Brevity of Life
(Should Make Us Rejoice in Our Portion)
Friday or Saturday nights are two of my favorite days because my husband and I conduct Bible studies with two or three other couples. To make this event interesting, we take turns in leading the Bible study, we take turns in hosting the Bible study and we take turns in preparing the snacks. The activity leaves us full of blessings and praises to the Lord. Add to that, I noticed that family members are getting closer as we pray for each others’ concerns and friendships with other people getting deeper. Our kids also look forward to this activity since they would have the chance to play and fellowship with other kids.
You could say that our life here in the north is quite simple: we read our Bible everyday, attend to our daily house chores, work in the office, go home and spend time with the family and the cycle repeats itself the next day. It would have been boring had God not put spices in our lives.
So what are these spices? These are our sicknesses, weaknesses, disadvantages, handicaps, negative experiences, and all the related words we could think of that hinders us from being perfect. Apart from God and His words, we may not be able to cope with the “injustice” and “unfairness” we experience. With God, these “bumps and bruises” in our lives serve as an ornament that develops into a godly character and dependence on Him.
What do I mean? Digest these examples:
Ever wondered why most of the Chinese succeed in business? It is because they read from right to left (of course there are other attributes more important than this – I am just stressing a point). Those of us who are not Chinese read the word SWOT from left to right. SWOT is an acronym for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. When the Chinese read the word SWOT, they read it in the opposite direction. When they see Threat, they also see Opportunity. When they see Weaknesses, they also see Strengths. Putting it in a spiritual perspective, there’s hope in God. He is our strength and opportunity. When He allows weaknesses and threats to come our way, it is His intention for us to stop depending on our own capabilities but to start depending on His. We are not redeemed by our good works anyway. We are redeemed by Christ’s blood on the cross.
Joni Erickson Tada suffered nearly complete paralysis in a diving accident. She is paralyzed from her neck down. But instead of dwelling on her disabilities, Joni concentrated on what she is able to do. She used her experience to prove that God can use her despite her weaknesses and imperfections.
Maybe we are not paralyzed, but we may have other “challenges”. It could be possible that some of us may be dealing with emotional scars, the loss of a loved one, or some other tragedy of life. How do we handle it? Do we reach out to others in spite of our disability and grief?
The Lord can use our disadvantage – be it physical, emotional, mental, financial, or anything else – to positively impact the lives of others. The only thing that stands in the way is our attitude. Life is short. Let us rejoice in our portion.