Squint and discover?


My friend, may I ask you a question? When we decide to dwell on the disappointments, discouragements, the game-changers in life, are we missing out on solutions God has put on the horizon if only we take the opportunity to squint a bit?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.


Circumstances. How often have you said to yourself, “If this would have just happened, then that would have been the result and not this; and this isn’t what I wanted?” We’re often quick to look at situations and judge them simply for the present without a thought as to how the future might be affected by the misfortunes of the day. Our car breaks down and we’re disappointed with the mechanic who fixed it last. “Boy, if I just had taken it to that other place I wouldn’t be in this fix.” Our computer malfunctions and we’re disappointed in the software we’re using. “That software is so full of bugs. I knew this would happen. Why didn’t I switch in the first place?” That’s when it happens. Dwelling begins and we quickly make ourselves comfortable, nesting into the badness of the whole situation. When you stop to think about it, our days are often filled with circumstances that can disappoint, discourage and even worse. Why dwell in them?

When we decide to dwell on the disappointments, discouragements, seemingly game-changers in life, we’re fairly certain to miss the opportunities that God often places on the horizons of our lives, that sometimes dimly lit down the road of circumstances place that is difficult to see the we’re busy looking down, if only we are willing to look up, squint a bit and see them.

Here’s a story: In 1920, Oswald Smith had the desire to become a missionary. As he stood before the missionary board, he silently prayed over and over again: “Lord, I want to go as a missionary for you. Open a door of service for me.” When the interview was over, the board turned Oswald Smith down. Oswald was crushed. He did not meet their qualifications. He had failed the test. But God was working in Oswald Smith’s life. He planted another idea in Oswald’s heart. If he could not go as a missionary, he would build a church that could send out missionaries. The small church combined with a Christian and Missionary Alliance Congregation. By 1928, Oswald Smith’s congregation, The People’s Church in Toronto, Canada, was sending out more missionaries than any other church at that time. Oswald Smith brought God into the situation, and God transformed his disappointment into a ministry. (By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2001, Devotional E-Mail DEVOTIONS IN THE MINOR PROPHETS kennedy@devotional.com)

Disappointment and discouragement will come into every life. The question is: Do you look to the Lord when you are disappointed? Do you take the time to squint a bit, looking down the road to what might be a good solution to your problems if you wait on the Lord? When you think about it, your current circumstances aren’t really as important as how you use them. Today in prayer, turn to the Lord and give Him your disappointments and discouragements. Give him what seem to be the game-changers in your life. He will give you comfort and most likely some work to do. You’ll find that your faith is often most strengthened right at the place of deepest disappointment. That place on the horizon that’s often visible if we take the time to squint and discover the grace of God thats waiting there for each of us.

We pray. Heavenly Father, when things go wrong in life, it’s easy to become discouraged and angry. That’s when we find it the hardest to trust, the least comfortable to be patient and enduring. Help us Lord to remember that when things go wrong and seem to be out of our control they remain in yours. Forgive us for not trusting you in all things, even the bad. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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