Linda Wood Rondeau

Snark & Sensibility

A BEFORE I
1/9/2019 1:00:00 AM by: Julie Cosgrove

 

PLEASE WELCOME

JULIE COSGROVE

DEVOTIONAL WEDNESDAY

 

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

 

 

 

I love words. So God uses them to get my attention, especially when I play word games with my friends as I sip my morning coffee. I figure it's His way of telling me I ended my quiet time with Him too soon, like an echo that bounces back a few seconds later than you expect.

Today the letters were T-L-A-I-R ...hmmm. I could spell trail or trial. The only difference in the two letters are the positions of the vowels, A and I.

That got my mind whirring.

When things are in a mess, I want the quickest way out. I don't care for trials.

Do you?

But we can turn our trial into God's trail out by simply reversing the A and the I. How? We have to ask, do we think of us first (I) or God Almighty (A)?

As long as we put I before A, we will most likely wallow in the trial. Our focus will inward, in the wrong place.  When we study our navel, we lose perspective. Woe and pity can cloud our vision.  Perhaps anger at an injustice or unfairness cloaks our understanding. Doubt may creep in like a bug through a crack in the not-quite-level door jamb.

But when we turn to God for direction, eventually a trail will appear. A path to His lesson for us, which then leads to His mercy, His peace, and His grace. Recall the Hebrews wandering in the wilderness? They stayed in the trial until they learned to lean on God and His ways. Then He led them out into the place He promised.

Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life..." (John 14:6).

The next time we are lost in a fog of grief, a tangle of uncertainty, or a web of doubt, let us remember to reverse the letters. It might give us a different perspective on things.

ABOUT JULIE COSGROVE

 Besides being an award-winning author of over a dozen novels, Julie is also a digital missionary with The Life Project, a division of CRU Canada. That means her job is to edit and write articles as well as manage twenty-six other writers for several faith-based websites. For more information on her blog, Where Did You Find God Today? with readership in over fifty countries, her ministry, or her books, log onto www.juliebcosgrove.com.

 

 

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