by Howard and Jeanne Tomlinson|
Hey, wait a minute. This happens to other people, not me! These thoughts were on Howies mind on a spring morning in 1981 following a cataclysmic event the night before. Having just graduated from North Texas State University, he was making plans to move to southern California, close by his friend Ken, and get a job as a studio musician. But a car got in his way!
Howie loved to jog and often ran at night. On April 2nd, he started out about 8:30 p.m. Crossing a street in front of the university, he didnt notice an oncoming car until too late. The car, traveling at 35 mph, hit him, hurled him across the hood and into the windshield and threw him 30 feet!
Trials often come into our lives unannounced, disrupting our plans and dreams. We can view these hardships as stumbling blocks to fall over in bitterness and despair, or stepping stones to climb on to greater maturity. The difference comes in believing Gods Word that promises, And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Rather than complain, we should trust God to do what is best. He can take the broken pieces of our lives and use them to mold something beautiful for His glory.
(song by William and Gloria Gaither)
© 1971 by William J. Gaither
Something beautiful, something good;
You may be wondering why God allowed a particular trial to come into your life, causing pain and disrupting your dreams. You may be tempted to complain and despair and let the trial drag you down. But why destroy what you have with what you cannot control? Choose to be content and let the Lord use this trial to bring you to greater maturity. When you trust Him, He can take all your hurts and broken dreams and use them to build something beautiful out of your life.
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|Chapter 1: Life-Changing Decisions||Table of Contents||Chapter 3: The Impact of Example|