A New Name for Failure

I was highly enthusiastic and zealous to spread the word of God throughout central Pennsylvania. If the fire of God starts here in the heart of PA, it will spread to all the corners of the state! The more I thought about it the more I was convinced God had a special assignment for me.  Surely God was showing me a path to reach the lost and the wounded.

My friends, Pastor and husband were all optimistic.  I prayed on it and felt God’s green light.  We handed out invitations to the townspeople where I would be conducting  meetings.  The American Legion seemed to be a neutral territory and a perfect place for a crowd .

Long story short, no crowd came.  There was no visible fruit, however, sometimes there is an internal fruit that is being grown while we experience what appears to be a lack of success.  Even though people did not come to the meetings, I could still sense God’s presence while passing out invitations and praying for people.

My attention was arrested on this particular endeavor the other day.  I then began to ponder other failed assignments.  The Lord broke into my thoughts and spoke, “what if these failures were experiments?”  My face brightened. I quickly looked up the word “experiment.” It means: any action or process undertaken to discover something not yet known. Any action or process designed to find out whether something is effective, workable, valid, etc.  Taken from Webster’s New World College Dictionary.

I have since discovered a number of reasons why this plan did not bear fruit.  I can honestly say I appreciate having tried such a project because the learning from it has been invaluable.   Let me share this about Thomas Edison.  “When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times? Edison replied, I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”

I believe God wants to encourage you and I.  He does not see us failing.  God sees His people with great potential to fulfill their plan and purpose.  We will all have opportunities to experiment and learn from the outcome.  Let’s take any failure and allow God to show us all the benefits of that experiment!

Jeremiah 29:11 ” For I know the plans I have for you, ” declares the Lord “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. “