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A Perspective of a Devotional from the Upper Room - Cathy Stewart (Tennessee, USA)

posted Oct 1, 2016, 3:12 PM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Oct 1, 2016, 3:15 PM ]
A few years ago, I worked with a friend to create decorative window treatments for the stained-glass windows of a church sanctuary. Since each stained-glass panel depicted a different scripture, we chose to create a unique treatment for each window. Our limited budget often required in-store redesign of original ideas. Back at the workshop, we cut and sewed, throwing scraps in the trash as we went. 
Most of the time, the design flowed as planned. However, a few designs caused a struggle. 
Either something seemed to be missing or the design needed something that we hadn’t foreseen. Having no funds left, we would rummage through our trash discards. Amazingly, without fail, we would discover the “perfect” final detail.

When our lives do not go as we planned, God gives us the opportunity to reach within ourselves and find the hidden “something” to rise above that difficulty — perhaps an insight God has already provided from a past experience. 

Each time we come through a trial with a greater understanding of our Lord, we are adding another perfect detail in God’s unique plan for our lives. God truly has supplied all we need to face anything that life brings our way.

Thought for the Day:  God can use our “discards” to make our lives beautiful.