Lenten Devotional – The Third Sunday in Lent – Discipline Through Love and a Stroke…
Scripture: John 16:33 –
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Nearly three years ago, at age 39, I had a stroke. One morning I didn’t wake up and “slept” for three days. In three short days, God turned my life completely upside down. I had to give up my position as a full-time office manager and take a less demanding part-time position. This meant that my pay was cut more than half. My husband and I were worried about taking care of our family. When I look back on that year, it was full of pain and frustration. I cried to God almost every day.
Through all of this, God was gently but forcefully trying to get me to a place where he could use me. Looking back, I see that he was trying to pull me along a little faster than I was going at the time. He LOVED me so much, that he was willing to work with me.
In the years since the stroke, I have grown so much closer to him. I have “matured” more in those years than I had in the previous 39! I look back now
and realize that it was not anything but pure love that brought me through that tough time, and it was from God. Knowing that God’s love and grace was with me even in my desperate times has changed my view of my life with him – it is now a life of joy!
Prayer: Lord, please help me to see all of my trials and misfortunes as temporary, knowing you have overcome them all. Amen.
– Jana Sperandio – Connellsville, Pennsylvania