Wounded For a Purpose

Posted: May 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

For those of you that really know me, you know that I am not a daredevil. I dont take alot of risks or chances, especially with things concerning my life. But I actually havent always been as safe guarded as I am today. There was a time when I thought I was invincible. In fact, I used to love motorcycles. I was around eight or nine years old. I would see them driving by or watch a television show with motorcycles and marvel at what fun it must be to actually ride one.

My best friend at the time was a little boy named Jason. He was a year younger than me, and he had the same need for speed as I did. I gazed out the window to see him running towards my house, more excited to see me than usual. I ran to the door to see what all the excitement was about, and came to find out that his parents had gotten him a motorcycle built for a kid. I ran and got my parents permission to go see this new toy and then darted over to Jason’s house. Mom and dad came too.

As our parents visited, Jason and I took turns riding the motorcycle within the view of our parents. Up to this point, I had only gone slow on my turn driving. But I watched Jason and he seemed to have no fear of going fast. And it looked like so much fun. Granted, fast on this mini motorbike was probably like 15 mph, but it was fast to us. I got on the motorbike and I remember telling my dad to watch how fast I was going to ride. Then I took off. I gave it all the gas I could and the speed began to increase. Then suddenly, I froze. I dont know if the speed took me by surprise or what, but I literally couldnt move.

I kept gaining speed, and I was headed right towards our neighbors house. Like a deer caught in headlights, I was scared to death and speeding right towards this house and unable to move. All of the sudden, something pushed me on my right side and made me fall of the motorcycle. It was my dad. I dont know how he did it, but he ran and got close enough to me to hit me off of this bike.

I sprained my wrist pretty bad and scraped up my leg in the fall. But about ten more seconds on the course I was traveling and I would have hit the neighbors house head on going full speed on this motorcycle. My dad didnt mean to scrap me leg and sprain my wrist, but he would rather I get banged up a little instead of possibly what could have happened had I hit the house. I could have broken bones or even been killed. My dad wounded me that day. But not with the intent to hurt his son, but to save me from a fate much worse than a sprain. Given the current path I was on, I was headed towards possible death.

Dad wounded me to save me.

I heard the story of a man named Bill who went to hang out with friends at a lake. There was a little cliff overlooking the lake, and he and his friends decided to go jump off the cliff and into the lake for fun. Bill ran towards the edge of the cliff to make his dive into the waters below. Suddenly, he tripped over a stone in his path which effected his dive. He stumbled to the side before reaching the cliff’s edge and broke his wrist in two places.

No one went cliff diving that day as his friend drove him to the hospital. The break was pretty bad, and as a result Bill wouldnt be able to play football his senior year.  This would cost him a scholarship to college. The young man cursed God for the circumstances of his life. A few weeks later, he read in the newspaper that someone had been killed at the very lake he fell and broke his wrist. It seems this person was cliff diving on the same cliff he had intended to jump from. Underwater jagged rocks that were unseen from the had claimed this person life upon impact.

Had Bill not tripped over the stone that day, he wouldnt a have broken his wrist, he would have lost his life.

How many times have you questioned circumstances in your life? Have their been times when you have wondered why God was allowing you to be hurt or experience something painful in your life? God may be wounding you now in order to save you in the future. We dont see the big picture. We see clear roads and sunny skys where God seeing the speeding tractor trailer truck just out of our sight and the coming storms on the horizon.

Pastor and author Francis Chan has told of he traumatic childhood growing up. His real mother and father passed away while he was still a young boy. He went to live with his aunt and uncle and in his teenage years, his uncle pulled a gun on his aunt and shot her and then turned then gun on himself committing suicide. Francis was all alone and had experienced great heartache in the early years of his life.

But he pointed out that had he not been wounded he would have never recognized his need for Christ. He would have never sought after Jesus. And if he would have never sought after Jesus, he wouldnt spend his eternity in Heaven. Instead, he would have been destined to die the second death forever in Hell. God allowed Francis to be wounded in order to safe him from the damning path he would have followed.

What is your heartache right now? Is it a failed relationship? Is it a loved one lost? Maybe its an illness that you are going through or even something worse. Whatever it is, it will be used for good in your life. Thats a promise from God.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:28.

God says all things, good and even bad, will work together for a good outcome. But do not overlook for whom this good will come….for those who love Him. To love God, you must trust God. Even when you cant see the sunshine for the storm, he has great plans for all of those who will put their trust in him.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.

What do you think would have happened if after my dad knocked me off of that motorcycle, I got up and yelled at him for making me fall, and then in anger I got back on the bike and continued in my mission to hit the house going full speed? What if I didnt trust my dad when he said, “Dont go so fast again”, and in my anger, I had continued to ride how I wanted to ride? I would have ended up in the hospital or the funeral home. I had to trust my dad. I had to stop trying to ride the bike my way and listen my dad. I had to repent, or turn from, my need for speed way of driving and believe, trust, and obey the will of my earthly father. Not to kill my fun. But so that I wouldnt be killed.

This is exactly what our Heavenly Father asks of us. To repent of our sinful ways and to believe in Him. (Mark 1:15). Not to be a kill joy, but because he knows the future destruction that can lie ahead, and his wish is that no one perish. (John 3:16).  That is the good news!! That is the Gospel of Jesus Christ!!

Sadly, this is not how many react to the hard times in their lives. Instead of trusting the promises of God, they grow bitter at their current circumstances, turning from God and missing out on the blessings that he had intended. There is a purpose to all pain. There is a plan to redeem all things gone wrong. But we must trust in Christ. To to trust him means we must believe in his promises, and realize that the pain we experience in a moment may actually be God saving us from something far worse in the future.

“In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:5-6.

Do you see how Gods plan for good in our lives builds constantly? God predestined us to be his before the world was formed. God calls us to himself, sometimes the only way he can get us to stop running towards the cliff is to place a stone in our path. But for those who trust in him, he justifies them as righteous and their sins are wiped away. And for those he justifies, in eternity, they will be glorified in His presence. But notice in the verse above, Paul mentions this plan of good is for those in partnership in the gospel. For those who trust him.

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. ” Romans 8:29.

We dont always see the reason for pain in our lives. And in some cases, we may never understand the reason for it this side of Heaven.  But God does. God has a perfect, awesome plan for your life. Even in your darkest hour. Will you trust Him?

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