“It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees” (Psalm 119:71).
All her life, Connie Anderson had served God and people enthusiastically. In her teens she worked during the day to be able to support her invalid father, mother, and younger brother. She studied hard at night school and weekends to earn four university degrees.
As a teacher she taught high school English for twenty years. Then she became a supervisor of 110 schools. In addition, she taught a college and career class in church and an accredited course in seminary. All this came to an abrupt halt when a blood clot behind her left eye caused excruciating pain and severe disturbances in her peripheral vision. Suddenly, Connie was the one who needed help with basic functions. “I was so depressed,” she said.
One day she came upon a Bible verse that showed her a way out of depression. “I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds” (Psalm 77:11,12).
Acting upon this verse, Connie began to recount the blessings of her past. By focusing on God’s faithfulness to her in the past, her spirits lifted and hope began to stir within her heart that God would continue to be faithful to her.
Four years later, Connie Anderson was once more doing the thing she loved most–teaching young people. Only this time, she was teaching foreign students who had immigrated to Canada and knew very little English. She tutored them in English and many other subjects preparing them for high school and college. “Mine is all joyful living,” she said.
Are you discouraged today? Take a step out of your sadness by recounting and writing down blessings you have received. Remember that God, Who was faithful to you in the past, is still the same God Who is with you today, and Who will be faithful to you in the future.
Thank you, Father, that your everlasting love is with those who fear you and that you work all things together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Amen. (Romans 8:28)
Questions: Are you discouraged today? Step out of your sadness and tell us about some of the blessing that you have received in the past.
About the Author Helen Grace Lescheid