Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Monday to you all! It’s so good to be back with you…and my prayer today; is that we all will come to see God’s ways, as the best solution, for the problems we may be facing right now…Amen!!
You know…when God is truly Lord of our lives; then we come to experience Him in ways that we never imagined could be. We must always remember that God always knows the best solution to our problems. When we seem to think that we have the answers…God always seems to have a better one…and that is what I experienced these past few days, while taking some time off from the ministry.
One thing I have come to see about my life; is that there are times when God allows me to first live what I write. When I took the past few days off, I thought that I would be bedridden and just lying around until I went back to work; but that wasn’t God’s plan.
I would say that it was about 6 months ago that I was able to purchase a $399 cabinet for $67. I had planned on eventually assembling it and staining it; but due to a lot of work and my health, it got put on hold for quite some time.
Anyways…when I told you that I was taking some time off, I had no idea of doing anything but resting…at least that was my plan…that was until God intervened. I guess it was time for another lesson in life; so before I knew it, Keith was outside sanding each piece of the cabinet for me…thinking that it would still be a week or two before I could manage to assemble the cabinet and stain it. Again…that wasn’t God’s plan. Before I knew it, I was sitting on the living room floor…assembling a cabinet, in the midst of feeling my very worst.
As each piece came together…I truly had a feeling, as if God was there right beside me. It seemed that my mind had now left the pain and tiredness behind…to truly experience Philippians 4:13, which says… “I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me.” I would say that within a few hours, this beautiful cabinet was now assembled. I still wasn’t feeling my best; but I had accomplished something beautiful, in the midst of my ashes of despair.
After finishing the cabinet, I took a shower and went to lie down…and before doing so, I remember saying to Keith… “I will have to wait and stain the cabinet later, due to how I was feeling.” Even though I had decided that…God hadn’t.” By the next day, I had now found myself in our garage beginning the staining process. For some reason…the work from the day before gave me a drive to continue on. By the end of a long bought of staining, I once more went into the house and began to prepare for a shower and some rest…thinking that my project was now finished. Even though I thought I had finally succeeded; God once more had other plans…and the more I began to see what He was up to…the more I began to see how He was using this experience to show me that I could go the distance with Him.
After waking up the next day, I hobbled out to the garage and was looking at what I thought was a finished project. As I looked around the cabinet, I saw some places where I had missed; so I told Keith that I would do a little touch up work and get the doors and drawers in place.
First, I thought it would be a good idea to get the drawers bolted to the pieces that allow them to slide in and out. I studied the directions, while sitting on an old folded quilt. I had put the small screw bolts on the outside of the draws and was ready to see how they closed. After getting the bolts in place, I went to close the drawers and they wouldn’t fully close; so I took the drawers off and pushed the sliders in and out and thought…how is that the sliders go in and out but the drawers won’t. Right then, I began to hear God’s still small voice within me say… “Screw them on the inside of the drawers”…so I did. After finishing, I closed the drawers and they went right into place. From there, I needed to get up off the floor, which can be fun with a rod in my right leg, which won’t bend. As I began to lift myself up…I came right back down. As I looked around, I didn’t know how I was going to get up…and Keith was in the house somewhere; so I cried out to God for help…and from there, it was as though He had once more entered my spirit and said… “Take your socks off”…so I did and from there, I was able to get myself up. I’ll tell you people…God is there to help us all, if we will only listen for His solution, rather than panicking, while trying to figure it out on our own.
To make a long story short…everything was completed and I once more hobbled off to the shower and was able to get some rest; but through it all, I came to see that God was using this time to not help me my way…but His way instead…and by Sunday afternoon, He had wrapped His loving arms around me and had given me His sweet peace and rest…and today, I am doing much better. Soon the cabinet will come into our home…and I’ll tell you one thing…that cabinet will always be a reminder of what God did for me, during some of the darkest moments of despair.
You see…we can experience moments in our lives, when we feel as if God is making life more difficult, while possibly pushing us away from Him; but over these past days, I came to see that this was His way of taking me away from the problem, to pull me closer to Him…what a God!
No matter what you are facing right now…and no matter how dark life may seem; may I encourage you to turn to a God who truly has the solution to your problem. It may not be what you expect it to be; but in the end, I’m sure that you will truly come to see that God’s ways are ALWAYS the best solution to our problems.
May you truly experience His loving presence in your life each day!
Many…many blessings on your day!
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