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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