This morning during my prayer time, I stretched and caught a glimpse of my arm. I marveled at my new body and how lean it is and I thanked God for my body. But not in the way you may think.
I thanked him for the years of obesity, for the fatigue. I thanked him for the lessons that it taught me. Lessons in humility. Lessons in patience and dependence on Him. For the lessons in perseverance. I thanked God for the lessons in compassion.
You see, God can use all of the awful things in life; the ones we do to ourselves and the ones done to us that we have no control over; to change us. He uses those things to grow us, to give us understanding so that we can have compassion on others going through similar things.
And then I thanked Him for not leaving me there.
God ALWAYS redeems. Sometimes in this life. But if not now, then someday.
This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. Working in healthcare, I have seen people go through some horrible things. The man who suffered a severe brain injury after being hit by a car while he and his wife went for a walk one evening. The teenager, now paralyzed after he rolled his car one night when he fell asleep at the wheel. The mother with MS facing a lifetime of weakness that gets worse with each passing year until she must be cared for by her husband and children instead of caring for them. No one would describe these as light or momentary! But because God does, I can have hope that someday they and I will have that perspective. Someday, everything that we have to endure that feels heavy and unending will seem like a feather that gets blown away by a slight breeze.