Give It To God

oysterVery often it’s not the crises of life that get to us, but the little things that wear us down. We can learn a lesson from the oyster:

There once was an oyster whose story I tell,
Who found that sand had got under his shell;
Just one little grain, but it gave him much pain,
For oysters have feelings although they’re so plain.
Now, did he berate the working of Fate,
Which had led him to such a deplorable state?
Did He curse out the government, call for an election?
No; as he lay on the shelf, he said to himself:
“If I cannot remove it, I’ll try to improve it.”
So the years rolled by as the years always do,
And he came to his ultimate destiny – stew.
And this small grain of sand which had bothered him so,
Was a beautiful pearl, all richly aglow.
Now this tale has a moral – for isn’t it grand
What an oyster can do with a morsel of sand?
What couldn’t we do if we’d only begin
With all of the things that get under our skin?
               (from Illustrations Unlimited by James S. Hewett)

How does an irritating grain of sand become a pearl? Author Elizabeth Elliot has insight about adversities  both large and small; Give it to God.

If the only thing you have to offer is a broken heart, you offer a broken heart. Simply give it to Him as the little boy gave Jesus his five loaves and two fishes – with the same feeling of the disciples when they said, “What is the good of that for such a crowd?”

In almost anything I offer to Christ, my reaction would be, “What is the good of that?” The use He makes of it is none of my business; it is His business, it is His blessing. Whatever it is, which at the moment is God’s means of testing my faith and bringing me to the recognition of who He is – that is the thing I can offer.

 


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