Highly Contented -by Gloria

The thought of being contented, no matter the circumstance really appeals to me!  I remember coming back to my room in the Hufeland Clinic in Germany after sharing some tea with my only friend and confidant there, a fellow patient.  We had the same language in common so for that reason we were seated together in the dining room for meals.  Our conversation that night held special significance because my precious new friend had just found out that her mother passed away that day.  I wanted to reach out to her and comfort her.  I soon realized, however, that she has been through enough challenges in life to be able to quickly put this new loss with its fresh pain, into perspective.  While she accepted my sympathy as we talked about her family and the plans they were making on the other side of the world in her absence, my heart was calmed by her demeanor.  The thought of death had become more loaded for me.

The scriptural challenge that “Godliness with contentment is great gain - for we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it . . .” (1 Timothy 6:6) came to mind.  Though she lost a child as a young mother, then her husband after only 30 “wonderful” years of marriage and at that point she had been battling cancer for a few years, I sensed my friend was already accepting this newest loss.  Most people would feel a bit ripped off, but not she!  Contentment has just become a way of life for her.  I want to become less rattled by the daily upsets in life and learn to be at peace, regardless of the circumstances.  If we believe that God is the “Master of circumstances” anyway, why should we be so very concerned when our boat starts rocking in the stormier times of our lives?  “When life gives you lemons  . . .”

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