While wrestling through this last year of health obscurities, someone loaned me the book Hope Heals by Katherine and Jay Wolfe. Making my way through the book, Addison gained curiosity about this couple’s story. Their story and their determination to cling to the hope found in Jesus in the midst of some of their greatest heartbreaks, resonated with both of us. Surprisingly, Katherine and Jay came to Tulsa this summer to share their story. Addison and I made time to attend. Concluding their testimony, Jay said, our struggle may be different from yours, but we all have struggles. We also have a choice, “Will we live a life worthy of the calling we have received?”
Ephesians 4:1-3 says, “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
Believers in Christ are called to live a life worthy of the cost paid by Jesus. Are we living a life worthy of His-in the work place, as a parent, in the wake of loss, financial hardship, physical ailment, relationships…? Our lives are infiltrated with struggle and brokenness. Will we utilize the lot given to us to live a life that honors Him? We may not like the mess we are wading in, but will we choose to orchestrate the spotlight to be on us or to be on Him?
In John 9:1-7 Jesus approaches a man born blind. The disciples ask if this man’s blindness is a result of his sin or his parent’s sin. Jesus responds, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” Sometimes, there are no simple answers to our predicaments, but there is always a choice. We choose our perspective. Will we allow our circumstances to illuminate the glory of God or the brokenness of this world? He is endlessly working in our midst, but will we have eyes to see it? Will we fixate on the answers we want, or be grateful for the answers we get? Will we see ways He is answering prayers in unexpected ways or allow anger to root in our hearts because of the unfairness of our predicament?
Faithful One, our brokenness threatens to consume us. Keep shedding light on the darkness, giving us eyes to see your faithfulness at work on our behalf. We will never understand all your ways, but we know we can trust you. Life is beautiful and broken. It is an act of the will to keep chasing after you, when the darkness keeps chases after us. Teach us. Give us enough light for each next step that we might live a life worthy of the price you paid. Lead us in ways that bear fruit for your kingdom. Strengthen us with your power, granting us endurance, patience and a heart that relentlessly chooses gratitude. Let the ashes become beauty and allow no grief to be wasted.