Wine … or Whine? 

This is a timely revisit for me.  I hope it encourages you as well.

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.  1 Peter 4:12 NIV

One of the devotionals I get is from Oswald Chambers.  I find he says many things that I find difficult, but that my spirit knows to be true.  This is part of one I received today and it inspired me to write.  Today is not one of the good days for me.  Yet these words beg to be written.  Here are his words:

“God is the Master Engineer, He allows the difficulties to come in order to see if you can vault over them properly - ‘ y my God have I leaped over a wall.’ God will never shield you from any of the requirements of a son or daughter of His. Peter says - ‘ hink it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you.' Rise to the occasion; do the thing. It does not matter how it hurts as long as it gives God the chance to manifest Him self in your mortal flesh.”

I realize that once again, I can respond to my current circumstances with either a whine - or I can consider myself a burnt offering - a sacrifice - broken and spilled out for him.

How do I look at my life at this moment?  A burden - a cross to be born - a painful trial, or do I look at it as a tool that can, by God’s grace, vault over that can serve as inspiration to others?  

So much of life is choice.  “Rise to the occasion,” “Do the next thing,” - and give God the glory.

On this rainy, painful day, when I shrink in fear from the possibilities of my body’s behavior and my health, I can choose.  Do I curl up in a ball and hide, thinking the worst - dreading what might come upon me? Or do I rise to the occasion, realize God is with me and do the best I can?   

Whine ..... or wine.  The choice is ours.

Father God, I give you this day.  It is not the day I expected, nor the day I had hoped for - but it is the day you have given me.  I will rise to the occasion and look to you to get me through.  I praise you that the glory will all belong to You.  Amen and amen

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