A teenage girl enjoying a day at Chesapeake Bay dove into shallow water and became a quadriplegic. A day at the beach results in a shark attack, and a surfer loses her arm. A Christian singer loses his first wife to cancer.
Joni Eareckson Tada. Bethany Hamilton. Jeremy Camp.
What do these people have in common? They faced obstacles and turned them into opportunities. Today, we hear countless testimonies of changed lives because of their speaking, teaching, writing, and singing ministries. God took what we call tragedies and turned them into beautiful, personal stories impacting millions.
The Bible is full of similar testimonies of changed lives. What we see as obstacles, God sees as opportunities.
- Headed to the Promised Land by way of the Red Sea—God splits the sea, so the Israelites can cross on dry ground.
- No wine at the wedding—Jesus performs His first recorded miracle and delivers the best wine.
- Only a few loaves and fish—Jesus multiples it to feed thousands, and there were leftovers.
- Paul is thrown in jail—He ministers to the jailer and his family, and they receive salvation.
- Jesus dies on the cross and is placed in a tomb—He arose from the grave so we could live!
No doubt you have personal stories of instances you saw as obstacles. Miscarriage. Depression. Illness. Loss of job. Loss of loved one. Yet, God in His sweet, tender love and mercy, turns them to opportunities so you can impact your world.
Natalie Grant is one of my favorite Christian artists. She sings a beautiful song about how we see one thing, and God makes glorious. What we see as broken, God makes beautiful. What we see as dirty, He makes clean!
Our Faith Connections Challenge: What do you see as obstacles? Precious one, God wants to use them as a platform of opportunities. Let the words of the song, “Clean,” minister to you.