Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 23 – 29 October 2016
“But the Lord said to Ananias, ‘Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.'”
In the movie “Do You Believe?,” there are circumstances that led the characters into another characters. One particular scene that hit me is the burglar who turned to Christ but later killed. As sad it may seem, the death of this particular man led to the conversion of his brother at the end who did not believe in Jesus for most of the film.
This reminds me of Paul’s conversion from a persecutor to a follower of Christ. His encounter with the Risen Lord at the Road to Damascus is an eye-opener for him. Soon afterwards, he was baptized and not only preached about Jesus Christ and encouraged believers but also wrote half of the New Testament.
In our lives, there may be such similar scenes wherein a negative circumstance can turn into a blessing; sometimes, with others sacrificing for that blessing to come out.
God’s plan is always more powerful and better than our plans. During times of crises, we always tend to think that God may have forsaken us but in reality, God is in total control of everything. Take the scene above for example, we can see that though there are events that we can consider negative like losing a job, losing someone or even disagreement with our own loved ones can be a way for blessings to come upon us in ways more than we have imagined.
All God asks us is to have a strong faith on Him and trust Him in out lives so that His blessings can reach us. Can we give that trust to Him?
God can turn a test into a bliss.