Tarrah’s most recent report from South Africa has been on my mind all day. I’m grateful that she and her husband Dave have chosen to give of their lives to serve the people of South Africa. I’m so grateful for their desire to share Jesus with them.
After reading Tarrah’s report of their robbery, I was reminded of something I first read years ago. I have no idea where this was first published. The oft repeated story is about, Matthew Henry, the famous author of numerous commentaries on the Scriptures. When he was en route to a revival meeting at which he was to speak he was robbed of all his money.
“Let me be thankful that I was robbed tonight. Let me be thankful first because I was never robbed before. Second, because, although they took my purse, they did not take my life. Third, because, although they took my all, it was not much. And, fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed another.”
What an attitude! One thing is certain: Examples such as these cause me to examine my priorities. It also helps me to understand why the Apostle Paul, who often suffered at the hands of others, would write the following: “16Rejoice always, 17pray continually, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
Blessings to all,