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Elisa Morgan tells her life story, describing the bad and good events she has experienced. She talks about how friends gave their support during the rough times. Being the President of MOPS–an organization of moms for preschoolers–she realized early on that only God could have given her that position because she was certainly no example of a perfect parent. She discusses how her faith in God helped her in every event despite the heartache gendered by some of those events. However, Eliza got the repentance/forgiveness thing wrong. Repentance can only happen if God calls us and we heed that call. Forgiveness can only happen if we repent. The Bible states clearly that we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. When we recognize that we are not worthy to come before God, then we have seen our sinful nature. At this time we ask God to forgive us of our sins. He will forgive. From then on, we must acknowledge any sin we commit and confess that sin to God in order to gain forgiveness. Forgiveness is not an automatic thing. However, Eliza is correct is describing how one is reluctant to confess and it may take some time for one to truly admit and ask for forgiveness.
The bad thing about this story is that reading it is like listening to someone tell all of her problems to us. We have no patience to sit and listen to someone do this. The best thing about the book is that Eliza shows how, by holding on to God, she and her husband gained the strength and wisdom to endure what came against them. This, then, is the purpose of this story: to show how we must continually go before God seeking His help in all things. This story will encourage any reader who can see beyond the reciting of problems.
The message I find is that God alone can help us through the rough times, can prepare us to do the job He wants us to do and that ‘all things work to our good’ if we only let Him have His way with us. By the time I had read to the middle of the story I realized that everything Elisa had described in her life had happened already in mine. This reminded me of Ecclesiastes 9:2 [KJV] “All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.” But, oh, how blest are those that have the Lord in their lives for He gives us strength to endure and hope in a heavenly eternity where we shall have no trials, no tears, no heartaches. We have but to endure this life and love and worship Him. Eliza and her husband were able to endure because of the Lord. But those who have not the Lord in their lives must go through life alone only to end up with more trouble in eternity than they had ever experienced in this life. Thank God for salvation.