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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Opportunities as Acts of God

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:37-39 NIV).

How might recalling the acts of God in your past give you courage to face the present and future? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1019).

Unquestionably one of the greatest advantages of advancing in years is that one can gain perspective over the blessings of God in one's life. The remarkable thing is that the most dicey points of decision and experience one has encountered reveal most about God's unfathomable love. The underlying purpose of events which is somewhat obscure during their enactment becomes increasingly clearer. The metaphor obtains of the gnarled tree we love to ponder that has gained through years of sometimes adverse conditions a beauty more striking than can be gained through growth in completely ideal greenhouse conditions. We identify strongly with the tree for it embodies our own conviction that challenging times imbue a strength of character and a perspective unreachable in any other way. It is God's way to provide opportunities for growth though process not magic. This is a principal difference between God as I have come to know him and a childlike belief in Santa Claus.

In the following video clip from Evan Almighty the viewer of the movie knows that the waiter in white shirt represents God himself.

God: Let me ask you something... If some one prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God gives them courage? Or does he give them opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings? Or does he give them opportunities to love each other?

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