POOR ME! WHY ME! THIS IS NOT FAIR! COMPLAINTS, COMPLAINTS!
What does it mean to complain anyway? Webster defines complaints as,” an expression of dissatisfaction or annoyance about a state of affairs or an event.” So could we say then that complaints are elicited by our circumstances?
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1Thessalonians 5:13
I received a call today and let’s just say, I had to ask myself, “Lennie what were you complaining about, again?
I met the caller when she was 17 years old. She was in foster care most of her life and sexually exploited half of that time. She doesn’t have any knowledge of her biological family. If you didn’t know any of this, you would not know by looking at her. She wears a smile that looks as if it was tattooed on her face. I have watched her the last few years and I am wooed by her strength at such a young age; I know if it had not been for the Lord on her side she wouldn’t be who she is today.
He watches over his nest like an eagle and hovers over his young; he spreads his wings, catches him, and carries him on his feathers.
In-spite of her life’s experiences, she held an A average until she graduated high school. Colleges reps came looking her. She decided on one of the best HBCU and received a full scholarship. Many people have rallied behind her, as she pursued and conquered obstacles. The African proverb has proven to be true, “It takes a village to raise a child.
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Psalms 127:3
A year shy of graduating from college, she was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer.
I didn’t give birth to her but I have come to love her as if I had. A day doesn’t go by, we don’t share a text or call, sometimes it’s just an emoji wave, but nonetheless there is daily communications.
The last couple days, I had been trying to reach her; I knew she wasn’t feeling well. She hadn’t attended class since Aug 28th. When I couldn’t get a response from her, it concerned me. Ok, as mothers we worry, but when I heard her voice today, it was like sweet melody to my ear.
She said, “hello to one the best mother God has given me!” That’s how she greeted me today. All I could do was to smile because I was so happy to hear her voice.
I have never heard her spoke a negative word about her life. She doesn’t finish a sentence without saying, “thank you.” She tells me often how I had been a blessing in her life but what she doesn’t realize is how much more she’s added to my life. Her life is a constant reminder of God’s faithfulness and it encourages me.
Behold, I send an angel before thee, to keep thee by the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.
I have complaints and we all do, but my complaints pales in comparison to what she could complain about, but doesn’t. She was especially full with excitement today because she will be back in class in a week and if all goes well, she will graduate this December with a 3.7 GPA. We celebrate the victory by declaring that she will be back in class in a week and she will finish strong this December 2018!!
The LORD says, “I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts, the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts. It was I who sent this great destroying army against you.
I believe she will have an auditorium full of proud mommas and papas from all over; to God be the glory for the great things He’s done!
Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.