Gaining Through Losing

Do you always win?  Or do you sometimes lose?  If you do, God is in the process of turning your losses into gains.

It was back in 2007, as I lay worrying in my hospital bed recovering from total bilateral hip surgery that God began to teach me.

I just lost my husband after battling with cancer; here I was struggling against having to be in that bed in pain.  I was missing all the exciting things I was doing in our church those days.  As I reached for my radio, I searched the local stations until I heard a between songs and poetry readings.  Suddenly I heard the announcer say, “The title of this poem is “Gaining Through Losing”.

And I was about to discover one of the greatest of all discoveries about God – as he read:

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve,

I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey,

I asked for health, that I might do greater things,

I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.

I asked for riches, that I might be happy,

I was given poverty, that I might be wise.

I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men,

I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life,

I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I asked for- but everything that I hoped for.

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am, among all men, most richly blessed.

Suddenly I came alive.  I have discovered every facet of God’s dealing with His people – with you and me.  In effect God says to us “I am permitting these unpleasant experiences so that you will be richer in your experiences and thereby help someone going through similar problem.  Problems in our lives do not mean that God has lost control or that He is no longer on His throne, but they gave us the wonderful opportunity to prove God’s way, so that we might gain through our losses.

Immediately, I called up DZFE (Far East Broadcasting Network) where I was tuned in to request for a copy of the poem, they sent it to my hospital room that very same day.

That anonymous poem, believed to have been found in the body of a soldier, had shaken me out of my self-pity.  Could it be true?  Could God take what seemed to be a loss and through it give me something better?That day I thought the poem applied to emptying myself to the Lord – emptied so Christ can fill me – with His life.

I’m sure there will always be more.  More of Him when there is less of me.  But for now I’m pretty sure I have discovered the secret, the formula for finding and gaining life – radiant, abundant life!  Losing it for Jesus’ sake.

Losing my life so that I can find it.




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