In 2009, through a series of divine miracles (and bizarre circumstances), I got personally connected to Lynne Lee in the U.K. A few months later she hosted me on a webinar about hearing God’s voice through journaling.
One of the people who attended that webinar was Renato Amato from Italy. After being inspired by that webinar and reading God’s vision for my company, Renato sent me an eight paragraph email. Within a few weeks, Renato and I spoke online and quickly became good friends.
In the process of helping Renato reach more people with a blog, I was exposed to an article that Renato wrote titled “The Story of Bamboo.” In that article, Renato wrote:
Many years ago, when I was contemplating a full time missionary service, I read that the famous evangelist, Paul Rader, was once asked: “Why are the laborers always so few?” He replied: “They can’t seem to be broken fast enough, and God can only use truly broken men and women!”
The writing continued: “How true! God only uses broken men and women, no others will do! Others are too self-confident in their own strength! God has to break them, melt them and mold them again in the hands of the Potter to make them better vessels! But He won’t force it! The breaking depends upon you, your yieldingness and willingness to be made willing, total humility, which is synonymous with total love, so you’re willing to go anywhere, anytime, and do anything, for anybody, and be nobody, to please Him and help others!”
CLICK HERE to read the rest of this fascinating article.
From coaching lots of people, I know that many people are going through really challenging times right now and need hope and encouragement. There is a lot of brokenness. People desperately need healing of their spirits, souls, and bodies.
I hope this article about The Story of Bamboo encourages you and helps you realize God is in charge and there is purpose in the breaking and the trials that take place in our lives. More than ever, it’s important to trust in Him and maintain an attitude of gratitude.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:2-4)
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-19)
“Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10b)
Today, Rick Frishman shared this quote in his weekly Sunday email, “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” – Napoleon Hill
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Blessings to persevere with joy through the trials in your life!