What a wonderful God we have - he is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials. And why does he do this? So that when others are troubled, needing our sympathy and encouragement, we can pass on to them the same help and comfort God has given us. You can be sure that the more we undergo sufferings for Christ, the more he will shower us with his comfort and encouragement. We are in deep trouble for bringing you God's comfort and salvation. But in our trouble God has comforted us - and this, too, to help you: to show you from our personal experience how God will tenderly comfort you when you undergo these same sufferings. He will give you the strength to endure.
2 Corinthians 1: 3-7 (TLB)
Carol Elaine Harrison lives in Saskatchewan, Canada. Her glass-front cabinet holds intriguing items, and each one has a story to go with it. Some of the pieces also catch the attention of toddlers and crawling babies, and Carol enjoys watching their reactions when they plaster their faces or fingers against the glass. After the parents take their little ones home, Carol often forgets to clean the glass. Later when the sun or a bright indoor light shines on the glass, she sees the fingerprints all over it.
This fingerprint evidence left behind for her to find later makes Carol think of her life. When she is in the middle of difficult times, it is easy to overlook God's fingerprints and involvement in her life. Carol sometimes questions if God hears her prayers, sees her pain, or cares about her circumstances. Later, when God's light shines in, she can look back and see that God has been there all along offering guidance, comfort, and walking beside her each step of the way.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the guidance and comfort that you give us along each step of life's journey, in Jesus' name. Amen.