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They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just
because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”
- John 4:42
“Thankful for hindsight, so I can see God’s handiwork”
I’m the type of person that spends a lot of time on hindsight. Re-hashing situations and projects, wondering if there is something I could have done differently or to improve on. If you don’t obsess about your mistakes, and you take your learnings forward, there’s a lot to be learned from hindsight.
I’m also the type of person that tends to follow my own plan and the Holy Spirit needs to repeat Himself quite often before I eventually listen to Him. But that is usually after I made my own (often unnecessary) mistakes. From career decisions to investments, there are many times where I have experienced light-bulb moments when I realised what God was actually showing me.
God’s greatest handiwork in my life is certainly my daughter, and after a very long battle with infertility, loss and depression I have discovered that hindsight is indeed 20/20.
Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Saviour of the world.” John 4:42 NLT
When we are battling with situations, we tend to be blinded by our fears. We don’t hear God’s voice, and we don’t see His hand leading us. And that really reminds me of the song “Amazing Grace:”
Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found
T'was blind but now I see
T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear
And Grace, my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
Isn’t it amazing how, once you give your situation to the Lord, your burden becomes easier to carry? And once you are no longer blinded by that fear and the circumstances of your situation you can look back and see His hand in everything, even if you made a mess of things.
1. Think back to a situation or an occurrence in your own life recently. Can you see how God led you even though, at that time, you were blind to His guidance? Consider writing it down so that you can reflect on it again someday.
2. Are you struggling with something right now that is drowning you in fear? If you can’t take a step back and assess the situation from outside, get a fresh perspective from someone you trust. Pray about it and ask the Holy Spirit for inner peace.
Faith doesn’t make things easier, but it makes things possible.
Dear Lord, thank You for your grace and Your guidance even when we are too stubborn or too involved to listen to Your voice. Fill us with Your peace, Lord so that we can remain calm when we face our daily challenges.
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