Mary, a single Christian mother, was brokenhearted. Earlier in the week she had received a call from the high school principal. He had informed her that her daughter had been cutting classes. She was surprised by the call -- her daughter had not been ill. Where had she been?
She recalled a change in her daughter's behavior in past months and she had become suspicious. Was her daughter on drugs? Nervously, she searched her room looking for possible clues to the problem. To her dismay, she found marijuana cigarettes hidden among the girl's things.
Sinking to the floor in despair and tears, she cried out to God. How could this happen? The girl was her only child. Her baby.
Trying hard to control her shaky voice, she phoned her pastor and poured out her hurt and anger to him over the problem. He wisely counseled her that, although her situation was truly heartbreaking, God was still in control.
"Don't be discouraged," he said. "There is hope! The Word of God promises that with God all things are possible. This very tragedy can come to a triumphant conclusion when God gets His hands on it."
Eventually, through the prayers and counsel of those who loved her, Mary's daughter rededicated her life to Christ and was changed.
Are you facing a personal tragedy that seems hopeless? If so, it would be good for you to remember that pastor's counsel to Mary: "God is still in control. Don't be discouraged. There is hope. With God all things are possible. This very tragedy can come to a triumphant conclusion when God gets His hands on it."
Because of the pastor's words of counsel, based God's Word, no Christian should ever give in to despair. When we give our problems over to the Lord and begin to trust him with total abandon, He can accomplish what appears to be impossible or improbable to us.
"Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you" (! Peter 5:7, KJV).
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV).
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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