The straightest line to God is the will of God . . .
I WAS A GOOD witness for Jesus Christ; pretty bold, actually. But then I blew it. You see, I had this problem with my vision, it was blurred. I couldn't make out details, like the ones on a person's face.
Glasses couldn't even help me. But I handed out gospel tracts anyway. And asked people if they knew where they were going when they died. I told you I was pretty bold. No matter the circumstances, I just did it.
Then one day, I started thinking how much more I could do for God if I didn't have an eye problem. So I prayed that God would provide the funds for an operation. You could say I was like the Apostle Paul, who also had "a thorn in the flesh" (1 Cor. 12:7). He wrote: "For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me" (2 Cor. 12:8).
But, looking back on it, God must have been telling me, "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness" (1 Cor. 12:9). Cause, you see, I didn't take "no" for an answer. I begged, borrowed and practically stole the money I needed. I ran ahead of God.
Yeah, I scraped enough money together. And, yes, the operation was a success. I can see clearly now . . . too clearly . . .
Don't you understand? I can make out faces. I can see their expression when I hand them a tract; expressions that too often reveal rejection. And, there's nothing more debilitating to me than rejection . . . All I did was trade thorns . . . Only this one has quenched my boldness, and I now do less for God . . . I should have listened to Paul.
I should've listened to God.
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