By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Last night the self-pity bug bit and tried to burrow himself into my soul.
Hmmm ...
He almost got ahold of me but not quite.
God revealed the sinister little plot set forth by Satan to suggest His unfairness and injustice and whispered to me to get His word open at once.
Prayerfully engaged, my spirit was brought to the passage in Acts 16, where Paul and Silas were beaten and, shortly thereafter, put into prison because of the healing of a damsel in distress.
My heart was altered and greatly inspired by the response and testimony which eminated from two imprisoned men bent on pursuit of God even while in a difficult place.
Surely I can do the same in a lesser circumstance.
And all at once, my mind and soul were disposed to an eternal outlook:
My own soul fairly shook, and an earthquake within my own soul overtook the pity, and replaced it with praise and prayer.
And here I am ...
Breathing inspiring thought into you,
Reminding you and urging you,
Keep up your pursuit of the things eternal.
Oh, for eyes to see this temporal station for what it is;
For eyes to see the eternal providence of "more to come and all that's His."
Yes ...
This is what our souls must seek after,
This is the story of good news brought to captive men ...
And bound for glory.
"And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God; and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bands were loosed."
Acts 16:25-26