As Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 4 of In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, he notes that all of us want every day to be a good day. But, as Pastor Batterson observes, all days were good days, we’d have no sense of what “good” means because there would be no bad days to use as a comparison.
Similarly, we dream of zero gravity- a life without any problems, issues, or challenges. Yet, from a biological perspective, zero gravity is hazardous to our health. Astronauts who spend a lengthy time in space experience serious medical consequences. As the author adds, adversity often is the seed of opportunity as well as a blessing in disguise.
Pastor Batterson is convinced that people who have experienced the most adversity often are the people God uses the most. God wants to recycle our adversity and turn it into a ministry. While we certainly didn’t invite our ministry downsizing or vocation loss into our lives, it is our perspective on our circumstances that is the key. Pastor Batterson concludes:
“No one rolls out the red carpet and invites tragedy into their life, but our greatest gifts and passions are often the byproduct of our worst tragedies and failures. Trials have a way of helping us rediscover our purpose in life.”
Today’s question: What glimpses of revitalized ministry have been revealed on your healing, transformational journey? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Embracing uncertainty”