There is this story about ‘The King Who Lost His Finger.’ I am really not sure if it is a really true, or not, but this story is very encouraging.
There was this king who had a servant, and this servant under all circumstances used to say to this king, “My king, do not be discouraged because everything God does is perfect, and He makes no mistakes.” One day while they were hunting, a wild animal came and attacked them, this servant fought and managed to kill this wild animal, but unfortunately he couldn’t protect and prevent the king from losing his finger. The king was furious because of this incident, and said to the servant, “If God was good, I would not have been attacked and lost my finger.” And the servant replied, “Despite all these things, I can only tell you that God is good and everything He does is perfect; He is never wrong.” But the servant response made the King even angrier, therefore he order for the servant to be imprisoned. Days passed, maybe months, the king went hunting again, but this time he was captured by a group of people who used human beings as sacrifice. But while these people were about to sacrifice the king, they discovered that the king did not have one finger in place, therefore he was “incomplete” or “imperfect” to be offered to their god. Because of that they decided to let him go. When the king returned to the palace, he authorized the servant to be released. And he said to the servant, “My friend, God was really good to me. I was almost killed but for lack of a single finger, I was let go. I have this one more question, ‘If God is so good, why did He allow me to put you in prison?’” And the servant wisely replied: “My king, if I had gone with you, I would have been sacrificed because I have no missing finger.”
In life there are some things that can happen that are beyond our control even after we do our best to think positive, pursue, concentrate, and focus on the good things that we want to see happening to us, and in our lives.
Have you ever been in a place before, where you felt stuck as if your life was not your own anymore, and was driven by circumstances; you did your best, but still couldn’t control, and you needed God’s hand to do something immediately so that you could break free?
Life can give us mixed feelings sometimes. It’s possible for us to experience both “luck” and “lack” at the same time. At some point you have good things going on in your life, at the same time have bad things happening in your life. At one area, you are battling something, but yet experience blessings on another area of your life.
I love it when good things happen to me. In fact, I get pretty excited and feel very blessed, and become very thankful when I experience good, or favor in my life. But, sometimes it feels like good things never last, and we constantly face obstacles, and are on the battle more frequently, than we should experience the blessings, favors, and breakthroughs in our lives. The good things almost feel like they are short-lived.
It’s possible that obstacles are part of the plan of life to teach us things, to reveal some things, to help us grow. Even though some obstacles and battles, only God can fight for us, but often enough we are expected to rise above most of the obstacles we face in our lives. And in order to for us to succeed at some point it’s necessary and must for us to rise above some of those obstacles.
There are those obstacles that are there to protect us, or warn us, or tell us something, and prepare us for what is ahead of us. But there are also those obstacles that serve big purposes than our own or what we have in mind, and they are supposed to happen to us maybe because they are part of our divine appointments and what God has laid before us, and our future. These are the ones we cannot escape even if we want too.
And at the time when they are happening, it may look as if God is not in control, or doesn’t care about us and some situations, but it’s possible that sometimes things happen for a reason or a purpose, and the only way to know and understand them is to wait until the purpose has been accomplished. We learn from the story of the king and his servant that God is always good.
There is this song that says, “Through it all, I have learned to trust in Jesus, I have learned to trust in God, and upon His Word.” Myself for example; when I go through things, and I don’t understand some of the battles I am facing in my life, and their purposes, I have learned to just let go, and trust God.
I realized that I cannot stop some things to happen to me even if I want too, but I know through my experiences so far, God is faithful. I have seen and experienced this same God released good things, opportunities, and favor on my paths before; some of them looked like I stumbled upon them even though it took a period of preparation, life tests, practice, and determination on my side.
But I have also learned that if I cannot change my circumstances, then I need to change me, by changing how I react to them. And it’s not easy but it can be done through practice. I have learned to select my battles; not every battle is mine, or for my benefit. And for the sake of peace of mind, and emotional well-being, I made a decision to not worry about small or even big stuff if I have too.
It is God who can see our next minute, hour, our tomorrow, and our future. Things may get out of control, but God is in control. The best thing you can do when you have no idea what’s next for you, or in your life, is to put your faith in God, trust everything is going to be alright because one attribute of God is love, and He cares for us and that concern us, and He has plans for our lives.
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