There are many thoughts from this previous week I am sharing with you today. So, let's see if I can just give you some highlights, without too much detail on our amazing God and His invaluable lessons in life.
Testing the Waters.
Like for many, the economy is difficult right now and some bills are not being paid in a timely matter. There are many things on hold and sacrifice is being made. God knows my prayers. This month has especially been rough, for Ted had to take several days off for two injuries and we now have to pay 100% of his health insurance since his job no longer pays. Furlough days at my job added in, results in a steady loss of income.
Instead of trusting God, I tested Him by making a phone call to the credit union which I already knew the answer to. Suddenly, the lady on the other end of the phone asked me if I have read "The Secret". (One of Oprah's New Age wisdom books). I had to laugh (at myself)...it was a duh! moment. "No", I said, "I read scripture everyday, the Bible." God screamed in my ear in his loving voice, "You said it, you read scripture...Do I not give you wisdom and a promise that I will take care of you right there in my Word?" I had to immediately confess my stupidity and lack of trust...The tough thing is, I'll probably do this again, and that is why God makes us wait.
II Corinthians 1:6"But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort, and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same suffering which we also suffer."
This has become one of my life verses. Suffering the loss of a child, just what do I do with that other than offer my own personal insight and experience and try and give back what God has given to me, a peace that surpasses understanding. Last Saturday in our local paper, I see an obituary of a young man, a classmate of our son Tim. I recognized the name immediately, for he had sent me an on-line message on Tim's obit. page during the time of his passing. Now, here was his own obit three years later. I never met the young man, but through Tim's life and death we made brief contact. Friday, I purchased a card to send to his mom. Saturday, I sat down and filled up the card with words I asked God to give me. I spent the next hour trying to find an address or someone on-line who could give me the address to mail it. It didn't happen, so I set the card aside ready to try again later. That evening, my husband and I went to a school function and I saw a teacher I normally only see a few times a year. She came over to me said Hi and quickly asked me if I knew this young man's mother. I couldn't believe it, for just an hour or so earlier, I had written this note to a stranger and God was now providing me with an address to mail the card. Did I pray about this? I don't remember asking God...? My teacher friend had a considerable thought, that her friend's son and my son might have known each other...and she was right. This morning as I was reading my weekend devotion from Pastor Greg Laurie, you guessed it, his devotion was centered around this exact verse. Sometimes we go through what we go through so that we can give comfort to others. Greg Laurie would know, for he too, has lost a son. (GregLaurie@harvestdirect.org. Devotional for May 1st, "Why Does God Allow Trials in our Lives?").
This morning, the sermon starts out with these words: "God has a plan and the power to complete it."
He doesn't need us to complete His plan. He is after all, God. Yet, if we let go and trust Him, we will have the privilege to partake in the incredible opportunity; a team player in His plan, and recipient of the blessings that come from obedience. Are you fighting His plan? Are you ignoring it? Is that working for you?
Today my friends, think on this, "Do not let your faith rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God." I Cor. 2:5