They are sudden, painful, and life-shattering. Gordon MacDonald calls them “disruptive moments.” They are “those unanticipated moments, most of which, one would usually have chosen to avoid had it been possible.” He goes on to say, “We don’t like disruptive moments; they are too often associated with inconvenience, failure and humiliation….” But whether self-inflicted or inflicted on us, let’s consider them as “providential afflictions.” For, through them, God grabs our attention to change our priorities & perspectives. David says: “Before I was AFFLICTED I went astray, but now I keep Your word….It is good for me that I have been AFFLICTED, that I may learn Your statutes….I know, O LORD, that Your judgments are right, and that in faithfulness You have AFFLICTED me.” (Psalm 119:67, 71, 75). Take comfort: Our painful interruptions in life are God’s providential afflictions!—Samuel Koranteng-Pipim
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