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Perspective in Dark Times
In the early months of being seriously ill, I can remember becoming very inward, hiding myself away at the house and pretty much just trying to get through the days. The isolation I felt was very real indeed. I looked at everyone getting on with their lives, going on holiday and looking to the future. But I could only focus on the now and gradually, I was getting myself into a bad way. And then, God shone within that time of darkness when I listened to one of my favorite evangelists. He gave a testimony of how God had brought him alongside a grieving Pastor to try and minister to him in his time of loss. As it turned out, this Pastor had got into his church minibus as normal after the church service. Then, he put it into reverse and mistakenly ran over his two-year-old child who had moved at that moment, killing the toddler instantly.
I simply could not process the scale of this accident and I was totally lost for words. All of a sudden I felt ashamed and angry at myself for thinking my problem was the worst in the world, as I thought how on earth this pastor was going to get through this. All of a sudden, I stopped thinking of just myself, living in self-pity. God had lifted me from that time of depression. For the pastor, I knew all I could do was pray, as I thought of him and his family, and I was so glad that he had this particular evangelist as his support. I still think of that pastor today and when I do, I pray for him and his family.
Now I wouldn’t want to minimize anyone’s challenge because to them, their issue is difficult to handle. But even in this severe low-point, God came through and gave me some perspective. I was in my nice warm house recovering, I had my family around me and the worst that was going to happen to me was surgery. This pastor now had to live with his accident for the rest of his life. It was God’s way of saying, dust yourself off and be a man, your life isn’t that bad.
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