Are You Seeing Who God Sees When You Look in the Mirror?
by Horace Williams Jr.
Earlier in the year when asked by Kristi to participate in her #Yourstory series, I was both humbled and honored. As I began to think about sharing my story, I asked God to reveal what I should share. For those of you who do not know, I survived a massive stroke in the Summer of 2010 that paralyzed all of the joints on my left side. It has been an extremely difficult and painful experience as I battle through my recovery. However, it has been an enlightening and transforming period of my life that has allowed me to see myself as Jesus sees me.
I want to share with you some of my earlier experiences that led me to that day in July of 2010…a day I will never forget. I was born in Texas, but my father was in the Army so we moved around a bit. At the age of five, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. I knelt down on the side of my bed and asked Jesus to come into my heart. I was not sure at that time exactly what salvation meant, but I knew I did not want to go to hell…of that I was sure.
During the years that followed, I was your typical young boy. I had best friends that I loved to play with as much as possible. My parents took me to church whenever the doors were open, and I memorized lots of bible verses, too. I admit my motivation for learning the verses was to get a gold star or the sense of accomplishment.
I’m not sure I completely understood what it meant to be a child of God.
I will never forget when I was about 12 years old. My middle brother and I were playing in our bedroom. There was a knock at the door, and my father entered. He shared with us that God had called him to be a home missionary. As he left the room, my first thought was… Okay, you and mom have fun with that, but I wanted to stay in Iowa with my friends. I did not want to go anywhere!
Much to my dismay, within the year, we were traveling all around the country to raise financial support to serve as missionaries. I fought my parents tooth and nail doing everything I could to make sure they knew of my displeasure. I earned a PhD in rebellion during my teenage years.
There was the fear of the unknown, fear of leaving my comfort zone, and the fear of being in a new situation. Friends, fear is a very effective tool of Satan. One scripture verse that has become more profound since my stroke is found in 2nd Timothy. It reads,
Whether young or old, fear can put a stranglehold on your thoughts which can affect your actions negatively. So regardless of what fears you are facing, remember who you are in Christ. He has empowered you to accomplish His will for your life. When you look in the mirror, one thing you must see is you are a conqueror in Christ!
Despite the struggles, trials, and difficulties that may litter the path you travel on each day, you can overcome them in Christ. He has given you access to His power. You can access that power by going to Him in prayer. Talk with God fervently, purposefully, and persistently as you seek His will.
Another weapon Satan uses to distort the view of who you are is doubt. In the subsequent years since my stroke recovery, I’ve been battling a mysterious ailment that hinders my ability to write on a consistent basis. It interferes with my normal everyday living as well. The past few months the ailment has intensified, and has brought my writing to a halt.
During this time, my mind has been flooded with questions.
Did God really lead me to write a book on the power of prayer?
Have I done something wrong?
Am I being disciplined by God for an unconfessed sin?
Friend, God wants you to examine your heart honestly, but doubt is NOT from God.
From the moment you accepted Christ as your Savior, you have been indwelt with the Holy Spirit. God has chosen you for His purpose. He is never surprised by anything that takes place in your life. It is all part of His plan for you. (Jeremiah 29:11)
God has you right where He wants you for this exact moment in time. He never said your life as a servant of His would be easy or pain free, but He promised to bring you through. (Isaiah 43:2-3)
So the next time you look in the mirror, see yourself as God sees you. You are a chosen child of God, an empowered conqueror in Christ, and ultimately you are complete in Him.
About Horace ~
Horace Williams Jr. is a stroke survivor and born-again Christian who loves Jesus Christ. He has seen the power of prayer and God’s healing in his own life as he continues to recover from a massive stroke that paralyzed his left side almost 7 years ago. He writes at pleasingtothepotter.com. He wants to inspire, encourage, and remind Christians of God’s transforming power and love. You can download a FREE copy of his 5-star rated book, Unleash the Power of Prayer in Your Life, by clicking here: www.pleasingtothepotter.com/book-power-prayer/.