It has been a scorcher of a week in my neck of the woods! Boy, don’t I know it since our air has been out for over a week. Well except for the two times my brother in law came and worked magic on the fan motor before it finally died for good. It has been a comedy of events around here with things just biting the dust all at the same time…the vacuum, the lawn mower, the weed eater, the living room window…..my stuff has had a hard time surviving me!!
I can’t help but to laugh because in the midst of all of this I can say I am learning so much.
For starters I am quite sure I want to do everything in my power to stay right with God because I am telling you, I don’t do well with excessive heat!
It seemed for a few days this week anything I touched or came within close proximity of, was met with a bleak fate! The out come was not good. It what ever it was at the moment, would either bite the dust or temporarily stopped functioning. I was kinda getting aggravated because my to do list was not being accomplished at the speed I desired, and my repair list seemed to be growing by leaps and bounds. At some point I was exasperated enough to say out loud ” geez its nothing a few dollars won’t fix but dog- gone does everything have to be crashing at the same time…..” (yes I do say dog gone…with a southern accent too!)
The next thought, and I have to say I know it was the Lord,(I mean I didn’t have a “burning bush experience” after all I am not Moses) but I did sense the still small voice of the Holy Spirit nudging me and asking me a funny little question “Hey, does everything breaking, and nothing getting done make your issue a ‘throw a few dollars at it ‘ thingy, or a trust thingy?”
That just turned me all around as I started thinking about it. To start with facts are facts things do cost money but on the flip side as a believer who trusts God I have to know he will find a way to rectify the wrong, fix the broken, restore the situation etc. etc. If it is meant to happen it will happen! The down side is that it may not be on my time table, and for me that is the worst news. I like to do things when I plan to do things with no delays, interruptions or snags.
My mind was darting!! I was realizing AGAIN that in all things we must trust the Lord. It says in Proverbs 3:5 that we are to Trust in the LORD with all our heart; and we are not to depend on our own understanding, so I guess it didn’t matter that the grass is growing so fast you can see it grow, or that its hot, or even that I have an agenda for my summer!
My head was a whole collection of darting thoughts but the next one was another verse Philippians 4:19 it says….”And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” God already has what we need, he will supply it from His stash of glorious riches, he doesn’t have to order it or go pick it up. What ever we need he has it already, the provision has already been made.
I suddenly had a deeper understanding about who God was. In the midst of crisis (no air in the South is a crisis) God was reminding me that I don’t have to figure things out I just have to depend on Him and he will supply all of my needs. I once again found myself in a position to totally turn it all over to Him, and to trust Him to handle my need.
The motor thingy to our air conditioner came in on Friday which made the “Days without air” tally up to one week and one day.
My brother in law who is a gem to me at this point, came to fix the air conditioner. He changed out the motor only to find that the new motor was faulty and would not work. (seriously, what are the odds of that??)
I was really surprised that I didn’t freak out, I mean its been in the high 90′s and even at times reaching 100 degrees…but instead I remember reading about Corrie Ten Boom and how her barracks in the concentration camp had the most head lice. I am sure they had days of discouragement to say the least. Imagine the afflictions caused by those critters… in the end it was the fact that they had such a bad case of head lice that kept the soldiers out of their barracks, and it was the lice that protected them from being molested in any way.
In the midst of the head lice I am sure those women didn’t sit and say “this is our blessing” but in the end it was just that.
My air breaking in the beginning not the end of a hot summer is a blessing, my electric bill being lower next month will be a blessing, and who knows how much good will come from this little season of sweating!!
We all have our own case of “head lice” figuratively speaking of course, (could I be any more gross?) but seriously, we all have those things that afflict us, burden us, discourage us or makes feel abandoned by God himself. What we have to remember is that “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”(Psalm34:19) we don’t have a free hall pass through life. These things which we encounter are what builds our character, stamina, and boldness. These things develop our testimony and increase our faith if we allow them to. These afflictions position us to trust or walk away…..they position us to fulfill our destiny in Christ or not.
You know with every decision, and every obstacle we get an opportunity to trust God.
With every outcome that we perceive as the wrong outcome we get an opportunity to entrust God with that situation. So in reality it does all boil down to trusting in God our Father, not finances or what you consider a favorable outcome.
At every turn it is about seeking God first, and trusting him blindly no matter what is going on around you.
The very thing you are despising or begrudging in this moment may be the biggest blessing you have yet to discover! The word tells us Gods ways are not our ways. He doesn’t do it our way, His way is better!!
One final thought the 23rd Psalm tells us that the Lord is our Shepherd, that means he watches over us and keeps us safe. The sheep that stay close to the flock and the shepherd don’t have to worry about anything. It’s the ones that stray outside the watchful eye of the shepherd that put themselves at risk.
The second verse of that scripture says that because He is our Shepherd we shall not want. God not only watches over us he also supplies every thing we need so we shall not want. My initial carnal thought is I need air conditioning…….so why is it still broken?
Truth is that evidently that is what I wish for, that is the out come that I desire. I am not in any danger of heat stroke or health issues….so I trust God that at just the right time a NON faulty fan motor will come my way!
If God is my shepherd, and He is….then I will trust that I shall not want!