A quote I read says, “I may not be who I want to be, and I may not be who I am going to be, but thank God, I am not who I was.” That pretty much describes me and you may find it describes you as well. We are all works in progress and thanks to God’s grace, we are getting better all the time.
Back in 2007 before I had my two strokes, I would have said I was doing just fine with most of the areas of my life. I worked hard, was physically fit, and took care of my family. I went to church on Sundays and everything moved along in a way that was comfortable. I thought I was right where I wanted to be.
Now, nearly ten years later, I have to smile at that thought because I realize that I may have been where I thought I wanted to be, but I certainly wasn’t where God wanted me to be. Now, I know that I’m making progress, but I’m not there yet. I have a lot to learn, and with God’s help, I will not only learn what He wants me to know, but I will embrace the learning itself. I will seek opportunities to grow, and maybe even fail and then try again. Believe it or not, God has an even greater vision of what you and I can be, than we have of ourselves. He knows how we were designed and He knows the purpose for which we were born.
I encourage you as you continue to recover from a stroke or other health issue to take some time to draw closer to God. This is a good time to ask Him just what He wants from you. Tell Him that you know you’re not yet where you want to be, but you feel certain that you’re not still back where you were. In God’s hand, you’re bound to become a masterpiece. Keep going because you’re making great progress.
We must become like a mature person, growing until we become like Christ and have his perfection.
Ephesians 4:13, NCV