Peaceful In A Wheelchair
Trust the LORD! He is your helper; he is your shield (Psalms 115:9).
Young Margie sat in her wheelchair quietly humming and playing with her doll. A neighbor happened by and, feeling sorry for the little girl, said, "Margie, does it bother you to have to be in the wheelchair?"
Margie smiled and answered, "A little, but it's all right. When Jesus comes, I'll be able to walk and run. I'm just waiting for Him."
Margie was not in defeat, but in victory, in spite of her problem. She was manifesting the peace of God.
Several years ago I was sitting in the hospital with a man whom God had used as few men of our time. This man had poured out his heart for God for years, humbly serving our Lord.
We sat beside his wife as she lay there blind, with a brain tumor. You might expect them to have been broken, frustrated, and doubting God's goodness; but this was not their attitude. Instead, they were experiencing the comfort and peace of God's Holy Spirit in the midst of this tremendous difficulty.
As this beautiful young woman was dying, she lay in her bed with a smile on her face. I asked her why she was smiling, and she said, "Oh, the Lord is so good to me."
You may ask, "How could she possibly say that? Had she lost her mind?"
No, she was experiencing the reality of God's promised peace and special love for her. She trusted Him for her best as He promised in Romans 8:28.
Every day we face people and situations that stretch our patience to the limit. How we respond to trying circumstances is a visible testimony to those around us of God's love and power in our lives.
Elaine and Marita, for example, are both Christians who work side by side at the office. One morning several crises hit their desks at once. Elaine became extremely agitated. Her voice rose in anger, and she spoke rudely to the co-workers who were trying to help her.
Marita reacted much differently. After taking a deep breath and praying for wisdom, she calmly assessed each situation, made her decision, and acted to solve the problem.
Which of these women do you think had the best testimony?
These stories are good illustrations of James chapter 1, verses 2 through 4, which says, "Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything" (NLT).
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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