One of the most amazing facts about difficult times is the fact that they always carry with them hidden opportunities. Opportunities many times come to us camouflaged as problems. Many people can attest to the fact that we learn more from the school of life during difficult times than we do during ordinary normal times. Peace and prosperity never make good teachers and quite often problems and crisis offers us great lessons on life. Perhaps nowhere else is this proven as in the scriptural account of the Apostle Paul. This great man of God spend most of his life behind prison walls chained next to armed guards. While most of us would call it wasted life and blame God for the same, Paul used those locked down opportunities not only to preach to the guards watching over him but to write letters of encouragement and instructions to the churches he had found. Paul transformed his prison moments into letters of encouragement moments. Most if not all of his letters were written in prison. Every hardship that you go through that offers no lesson to you is a wasted opportunity. The scriptures talks of God who comforts us in our problems so that we may be able to comfort others. What letter can you write from your current prison? What experience are you drawing out of your current challenges and trials that you can encourage another person with? What opportunities can you identify in your current challenges? Nothing happens in our lives without God’s permissive will and there is no where that life will take us where our God is missing. Instead of blaming and faulting God for your difficult times that appear like a prison, take the moment and write some letters of hope and encouragement. Let someone know what God did for you in your down moments. You may never know who needs them!
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV
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