Thursday, January 26, 2012

Staff Meeting devotional

It was my turn to start the staff meeting today with a short devotional. Here's what I shared:

We’ve all been at the end of our rope, at our wit’s end, frustrated over something that is so big that we just can’t see our way around it. Maybe it is a health issue that affects you or someone you care about. Maybe it is a circumstance that encompasses every thought and you can’t see how you can ever make it through. Maybe it is a family conflict that seems to have no resolution. Maybe it is a student that just doesn’t seem to catch on regardless of whatever tricks you pull out of your bag. Maybe it is a group of students that tries your patience, pushes every boundary, or makes you question what you can do to guide them into a more positive working environment. Maybe it’s just one of those days, weeks, or maybe one of those months where everything just seems to go wrong.

I heard this song by Laura Story called “Blessings” and it is almost ironic because it talks about trials and difficult times as blessings. I’m sure most of us do not think of our bad days or our health issues or our difficult student situations as blessings. One of the lines of the song says:

“Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops

What if Your healing comes through tears

What if a thousand sleepless nights 

Are what it takes to know You’re near

And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise”

I love the reminder that God uses every situation to His purpose. Every situation. I know in my life, it is when I am at my wit’s end, when I am at the end of my rope, when there seems to be no other way, that is when I lean on God the most and draw closer to Him.

Last Spring, my friends’ 4 year old nephew was diagnosed with a fatal disease. He was in a medically induced coma and his parents were referred to palliative care and told to make plans to say good bye to their son. They relied on God and were covered in prayer by ‘round the clock prayer warriors as they stayed by their son’s side. When their son’s body began shutting down and his stomach stopped digesting food his parents were told that this was the end. But that is not the end of the story... God intervened and without medical explanation, the boy’s stomach began digesting again. While the doctors tried to tell the parents that any hope of a recovery was impossible, we know that with God all things are possible. As each milestone astounded the doctors and medical staff (as well as the many people praying for the situation) this 4 year old boy began to breathe on his own, talk, sit up, walk, regain his perfect vision and just defy what the doctors said would be the outcome. A few weeks later, he left the hospital and he is a miracle. His story of trial and frustration may not have been seen as a “blessing” at the time but his story touched people and the miracle of his survival is such a testament to God’s power over all things that seem impossible.

With God all things are possible. Let’s not forget that. I hope that whatever God is bringing into your life right now, that you feel the blessings that God is giving to you to draw you nearer to Him.

I’d like to play the song for you and I’d like you to really concentrate its powerful lyrics.


Sherisse said...

Pamela, I was tearing up in your devotional. What you said yesterday was exactly what I needed to hear. So, thank you.

Tami said...

Some people do not believe in God or Miracles. I DO! It is true that God surrounds us and Miracles DO happen!

Pamela said...

Sherisse-I'm glad. I was thankful for the reminder too.

Tami-Me too. I find it hard to understand how other people do not. Somethings just cannot be explained because they are impossible and yet they happen.

Hes said...

Simply, thank you.

TammyIsBlessed said...

Thanks for sharing our story so eloquently Pam. Great devotional too!

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