Life Over

June 1, 2019
by Brenda Wood

When a broken arm put an end to my driving for several months, I felt that life as I knew it was over.

I was wrong, of course. Life went on in a new direction, highly supported by others who drove me where I needed to go.

Our life's road is not ended when things change, but it may be detoured in one direction or another.

I admit that it may be the end of the road as we know it, but that only allows room for more possibilities.

Think about the caterpillar. It surely feels that life as it knows it is over, but then it blossoms into something more.

Friends, grab onto God's new direction with everything you have in you, for there, real life is. "What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly." – Richard Bach

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us." – Helen Keller

Romans 5:3-5 – Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. (NIV)

Prayer: Lord, help us not to give up on our lives, because You are in charge, and You never give up on us! Amen.

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Brenda Wood <brenda.w@nextcom.ca>
Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    So true!


    A good word, Brenda. God bless.


    Great truth in that message.
    Thanks, Brenda.


    Thanks Brenda, just what I needed to help me start my day.


    Thanks, Brenda. A good start for my day. Have a great one too.


    Amen Brenda. God indeed has a way when it comes to new beginnings!


    Brenda, Thank you for sharing this devotional reminder with us. Blessings.


    Very encouraging devotional and great thoughts to ponder! Thank you, Brenda.


    Thank you for your email devotional. Sometimes I lose my hope. But God is always there. I needed that reminder today.


    I couldn’t help thinking of the poem of the two roads. The less travelled choice made all the difference. Thanks for a good start to my day.


    A good word in these times. Doors are closing in Canada to the Christian faith, but God has His own plans, not for evil but for good. Thank you.


    Brenda,
    Wonderful hope and encouragement. What joy to discover that what seems like a closed door is the opening to another door. Thanks for sharing.


    Thank you, Brenda. My life has been “over” many times… death of parents, divorce, children’s problems, death of husband, but you are right. It’s often the beginning of something new.


    That was a lovely read, Brenda. Thank so much for sharing. Yes, we have an awesome God. Our journey with Him is exciting!
    Blessings to you on all your speaking engagements and traveling mercies on the roads!


    Thank you for a very timely reminder Brenda. I am trying to adjust to chronic pain, very limited ability to work in the garden (my passion) and much shorter walks. The Richard Bach quotation is beautiful and so wise.
    Blessings.


    Hello Brenda,
    Your devotional is right on. Our Lord always has something better ahead for us just when we might think “life is over”. He never forsakes us.
    Blessings and thank you.
    (B.C.)


    Dear Brenda,
    Thank you for these words today.
    I am in a similar position, starting out into a new stage of my life.
    New challenges but also new opportunities to serve Jesus who is the same yesterday today and forever!


    Hi Brenda:
    Great devotional, thank you. It reminds so much of how much I have had to persevere over the last couple of years. You understood that from a broken arm. I have had several setbacks in the last couple of years and miraculously I have pulled through them. I know this is by the Grace of God that I have done so. I understand you not being able to drive, but I hope that was only temporary for you. One sure loses independence, but through that we find that others are actually ready to help out. When we persevere, we do end up facing the challenge and coming through it. Praise God.


    Hello Brenda, I’d like to share your devotional, Life Over.


    Thank you, Brenda, for this encouraging word! It is a good reminder that God is always in charge and that we should trust Him during changes, for He always has a good plan for us! Blessings.


    Dear Brenda,
    Thank you for a precious devotional to draw us closer to you – especially in our aging years.
    Keep writing.


    Dear Brenda,
    Thanks for your words that I read this morning. I could hardly believe the title when I first saw it and was fearful of what you might say; however, as ever, the Lord gave you words of hope for me.
    My husband had a fatal heart attack while on holiday this spring. I am the caterpillar at the moment, hardly able to imagine there could be a butterfly ahead. I guess I’m almost in the ‘chrysalis’ at the moment, struggling to adapt, change and grow but, as in nature, God gives hope of newness ahead.
    Life here sure is different but I know MY Redeemer lives and so does my husband in his already new life, above and beyond, in the nearer presence of our Lord.
    Thank you for allowing the Lord to use you to give me His hope to continue on here and now…
    This ‘new stage’ sure is painful but with His help, it’s as you said, “the end of the road as we know it, but that only allows room for more possibilities”. I will try to focus on your quote from the NIV:
    “God has poured out His Love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.”
    Thanks again!

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