Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Power Of Believing

During World War II, a US marine was separated from his unit on a Pacific island. The fighting had been intense, and in the smoke and the crossfire he had lost touch with his comrades.

Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy soldiers coming in his direction. Scrambling for cover, he found his way up a high ridge to several small caves in the rock. Quickly he crawled inside one of the caves. Although safe for the moment, he realized that once the enemy soldiers looking for him swept up the ridge, they would quickly search all the caves and he would be killed. As he waited, he prayed, 'Lord, if it be your will, please protect me. Whatever your will though, I love you and trust you. Amen.'

After praying, he lay quietly listening to the enemy begin to draw close. He thought, 'Well, I guess the Lord isn't going to help me out of this one.' Then he saw a spider begin to build a web over the front of his cave.

As he watched, listening to the enemy searching for him all the while, the spider layered strand after strand of web across the opening of the cave. 'Hah, he thought, 'What I need is a brick wall and what the Lord has sent me is a spider web. God does have a sense of humor.'

As the enemy drew closer he watched from the darkness of his hideout and could see them searching one cave after another. As they came to his, he got ready to make his last stand. To his amazement, however, after glancing in the direction of his cave, they moved on. Suddenly, he realized that with the spider web over the entrance, his cave looked as if no one had entered for quite a while.

'Lord, forgive me,' prayed the young man. 'I had forgotten that in you a spider's web is stronger than a brick wall.'

We all face times of great trouble. When we do, it is so easy to forget what God can work in our lives, sometimes in the most surprising ways. And remember with God, a mere spider's web becomes a brick wall of protection.

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Often we only want to see the things we want. However, if you look at life closely, it is not the things you want that will often be given to you. Instead, it is the things you need!

There is one such movie, Evan Almighty which really caught my attention. Not the story line nor the acting skills of the actors in the movie, rather, there was a very important lesson taught in the movie which stayed with me till now.

When you pray to God for something, do you really expect the things you pray to be given to you as it is? Most likely not.

More often than not, rather than the physical things, what is being presented to you are opportunities.

Opportunities for you to grow emotionally, mentally and in other areas of your life in order to prepare you for your gifts you prayed for. However, instead of viewing them as opportunities, many people have mistaken them as problems in their lives.

Instead of viewing them as opportunities to get or become what they want, they are often seen as problems to be detested or avoided.

Every situations or events are actually opportunities for you to learn, grow and mature. In fact, "problems" are just things you must overcome in order to reach your goals.

You get feedback when solving those "problems" and using the feedback, you change your strategies accordingly and try again.

If you have yet to know, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different results. Thus, in order to change your life and the lives of others to the better, you'll need to know how to do things the faster, better and easier way.

And that can only be achieved by preparing yourself to meet any challenges and opportunities that come your way.

Luck always favors the prepared and motivated ones. So, are you one of them?

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