“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
(2 Corinthians 1:3-4) KJV
You ever had things happen in your life only to have them happen again later on down the road?
I’m not talking about de ja vu moments, but rather bigger things, some of them life changing things or at the very least memorable events?
I call these full circle moments and I have seen a few of these come and go.
For example, I was radically saved while in jail almost 20 years ago now. I spent much time on the wrong side of the law, either locked up or doing things which merited being locked away.
Fast forward a few years after getting born-again and I took a position in a maximum security prison for juveniles as a correction officer.
I spent a year working with numerous juvenile offenders, some quite violent and/or on a fast track to prison. In essence I came face-to-face with the old me.
Another full circle moment, albeit a bit more positive, I met my wife fresh out of jail while serving at a Bible college.
I worked in the kitchen first before taking the role of janitor, responsible for cleaning the entire campus.
I would sweep the halls near her classroom where she watched the little children during the afternoons.
I found ways to sweep the same hallway numerous times just to peer in the window!
Fast-forward to today and my wife and I own and operate a professional cleaning business!
These full circle moments while at their inception may seem trivial or insignificant, BUT given some insight and wisdom from the Lord we can begin to see how He uses them as the perfect training ground to help us grow in certain areas whether it be humility, character, work ethic, or so much more.
Listen, God is purposeful!
He never does things willy-nilly. (Yes that is a word, I think)
He will use situations and events in our life to not only train us, grow us, and prepare us, but also to heal us, ready us for His service, and ultimately strengthen our resolve and solidify our foundation.
In other words, if we will allow Him to mold us and pune us during these pivotal times, we will be able to say, “Aha I have seen this before and I know God brought me out of this already, therefore I have confidence He will do it again!”
Or better yet, we could say, “God has brought me out of this already, therefore I can help this or that person find their way out as well!”
Can you think of any full circle moments in your life?
I challenge you to embrace them!
Rather than say, “this? again?”
Say, “This! Again!”
And know for surety that God’s got this! You are gonna come out on the other side, faster, stronger, wiser, and better able to help those whom He places in your path to help!
You are more than a conqueror through Him!
Remember, until next time, what you make happen for others, God will make happen for you.
Joshua Scott Zeitz