Even In Our Losses!
On Sunday night, Houston experienced a major flood that left many people without food, clothing, shelter, and for some, their own lives. I was instantly reminded of a natural disaster that took place back in 2008 or 2009. I had just moved into a brand new apartment that was fully furnished, but after that event I pretty much lost it all. I ended up having to move back home with my grandmother which was a challenge considering I had been on my own since I was 19. Not only did I lose everything, but for the next year I had to battle my old apartment complex who tried to say I owed them a balance. They sent the fee to collections which impacted my credit.
I must admit during that season of my life, I was in somewhat of a low place feeling as if God was punishing me for the lukewarm life I was living at the time. Not truly understanding who God was, it was easy for me to play the blame game. This is when I truly saw that God was not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). Meaning he didn’t bless “real saved” people over lukewarm believers or unbelievers. God continued to bless me after my loss, but I needed to see the blessing. The first blessing was being able to go back home and live with my grandmother. Yes, my pride had to be put aside, but considering that my family was limited, it was a blessing. Next, I still had a job which allowed me to save up for when I moved out. Lastly, God led me to take pictures of my old damaged apartment and send all the documentation to collections. Upon receiving my information, they cancelled the case and my debt was cleared. After having my credit cleared, I moved into another apartment.
I say this to encourage anyone who reads this. Remember, that even in our losses God allows us to win. Whether it is through the knowledge gained or tangible blessings, we should never live with a defeated mindset. As my city recovers from this disaster, I’m confident that we will recover and God will restore everything on a greater level. Sometimes our losses lead us to something greater, so don’t be discouraged and don’t turn away from God. Know that he has not and will never will leave nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).