Hi I’m Christin Ditchfield and this is Take It To Heart!
When I was younger, I could never understand people who claimed they had no regrets. How could you not regret things you said or did – choices you made – that ended up hurting you or hurting others? How could you not regret disobeying or dishonoring the God who loved you and gave Himself for you?
I still don’t know that that’s possible for me. But I think I understand now what they meant. I can honestly say that I’m grateful for my mistakes – as painful as they were (or are) – because of what I’ve learned from them. Yes it was hard. It is hard. But it sure beats the alternative.
I’ve met some people who’ve never learned not to do this or say that or behave in a certain way. They haven’t learned from their mistakes. And they continue to leave a trail of destruction – and an awful lot of wounded people – in their wake. I’m glad that I know better now, that I know not to make some of those same mistakes, even if that knowledge came at a hefty price.
And I know that in God’s economy, nothing is wasted. He uses it all – even our failures and mistakes – in the process of making us into the image of His precious Son. He compares it to a refiner’s fire. (Isaiah 48:10) He turns up the heat Himself – or allows it to be turned up – so that all of our impurities and imperfections, all our faults and flaws rise to the surface. That’s where they can be seen clearly and dealt with thoroughly.
What a difference it makes to know that He’s at work in us and through us – that He will be faithful to complete the work that He’s begun (Philippians 1:6) and that one day we will be able to say with Job, “when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10)