Sometimes encouragement comes from the most unexpected sources! I’ve gone to the hospital to visit someone who was dying of a dread disease to encourage them, and before I’d left their room they had encouraged me! I recently visited a family to provide comfort after the sudden and unexpected death of a family member and frankly I think the hope flowed from them more than me!
This morning, during “coffee with the Lord,” I read of a similar situation. Apostle Paul is in prison, chained 24 hours a day to Roman guards, and he writes these words to fellow Christians in Philippi…
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice… Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (From Philippians 4:4–7 ESV)
Imagine that! The guy in prison for his faith encouraging his friends who are out of prison! He’s rejoicing! He possesses the secret of “peace that surpasses understanding” and is sharing it! He’s the one who has divine perspective on His circumstances! He’s the one who knows how God can guard your heart and mind in incredibly difficult and frustrating circumstances! They’re the ones who are struggling!
What a guy Apostle Paul was! What incredible people some of those who have ministered to me have been! I want to be that kind of person! Don’t you?