Lent FLOW Feb. 23


February 23, 2018

"I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” - Romans 8:18

I remember many years ago having the opportunity to listen to a homeless man talk about his situation. He was living under a tarp -- a tarp that still couldn’t keep the cold November rain from flooding his old boots. He had no family, no food, and no job. Yet I never saw him without a smile on his face. Content couldn’t describe him. He was constantly filled with joy, believing that God had drenched him with far too many undeserved blessings. I watched him in awe as he spoke of God’s goodness and grace, barely being able to wrap my head around how such a hopeless situation could leave someone so happy. Even now, years later, I think of that man and how I want to live like him.

It’s hard to admire someone who throws a tantrum when things don’t go their way. It’s hard to respect someone who says “finally, it’s about time!” when things do go their way. But when someone takes every circumstance they face and points back to Jesus, it all changes. You can see how people like this stump everyone around them. How could someone praise God for a situation like that? What keeps them going when things seem so hopeless? How can they still trust that their God is in control? It’s supernatural, and we all recognize it as coming from something outside this world.

Today, I challenge you to step back and take a look at whether you’re using your circumstances to point back to Jesus. As believers, everything we face is an opportunity to show the goodness of God to others.

- Kara Helland