“… it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you…” (Galatians 4:13)
Scripture tells us that Paul’s illness was a trial for the Galatians. He praised them for not treating him with contempt or scorn–implying that their response was uncommon, unique, mature.
If it was a trial for them, imagine how difficult it must have been for Paul!
The hard truth is that hardships can open doors that would otherwise be closed. When life gets difficult, we are quick to complain. We settle for mere survival. What if our goal was not to simply get through, but to be used by God in the midst of hardship.
In times of stress we may find new opportunities to be faithful. Let’s commit to a new prayer:
God, help me in this season and open my eyes to see how you are calling me to act.