When everything seems to be going in the wrong direction and ones we love are living in the world far from God and far from anything we have taught them it doesn’t seem that anything good could ever come out of such times. When our daughter was addicted to drugs of different kinds and involved in relationships that were destructive in every way it seemed our world was closing in around us. Three marriages ended in divorce, besides other relationships that didn’t end in marriage. How in the world could anything good ever come from such times and relationships?

Today looking back over 25 years of worry and doubt that haunted us wondering where we had failed, I couldn’t have imagined blessings coming in such abundance as they have from those times. Three wonderful children were born during those times. One is about to turn twenty years of age, another just turned fifteen and the youngest is nine. All are remarkable young people. The older two are devoted Christians. I’m amazed at the joy they have brought into our lives.

Sure during those days when they were young and their mother couldn’t take care of them it seemed horrible. It is certain that there were many heart aches that came from those times. Some I still couldn’t bring myself to write about. In time all three of the children moved in with our oldest daughter who had three children of her own. She and her husband have brought them up wonderfully, treating them as their own every day.

Today their mother is clean and sober and trying to live the right kind of life even though the years of abusing her body have left many health problems. Those three children who came from troubled times have brought more pride and joy than you could have ever imagined.

Something else that often happens when one has a child that rebels against what you have brought them up to believe and do is that we focus so much on that child that we forget other children who are devoted servants of God and are doing their best to live what you have taught them from infancy. Besides the three grandchildren mentioned we have six others and they are all Christians working hard to serve others and do good for his cause.

Life lessons that stand out from all this is that we must not lose sight of what God can do even when things seem hopeless. We must not allow some bad things to cause us to fail to see the wonderful things that are going on all around you. We must remember that God can change anyone and anything. We must remember that we aren’t in control.

I look at those grandchildren and think of others they have already brought to the Lord and people they have served and I wonder what they will accomplish in God’s kingdom before their lives reach completion in this world.

Perhaps the greatest lesson of all is that you can’t judge life by what is happening on any given day. Even on the bleakest day that we face, the sun still sets and rises on a brand new day after it. Often the most beautiful days are ones after the storms.

Take a long look around to see how many wonderful things are happening around you that you hadn’t noticed while looking at what all is wrong.

About leoninlittlerock

Preaching minister for Central church of Christ in Little Rock. Author of over 20 books including: When a Loved one Dies, Spiritual Development, Skid Marks on the Family Drive, Challenges in the church, To Know Christ and A Drink of Living Water.
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