You know the saying ‘When it rains, it pours?’ Life can be like that sometimes..for both non- believers and believers.
Lately, it seems like it has been pouring in my life. ..well not pouring but theres definitely been some funny looking clouds. It just seems like it’s one thing after another; this time the suspension of the car needs to be replaced (Is that even the correct terminology? Forgive me, my car knowledge only extends to getting in and going from point A to point B). Then last month it was a new car battery, the time before that it was something else and the cycle goes on and on….and never seems to end.
So today when my Mr Tall, Dark and Handsome told me about the suspension and how much it would cost, I lost it.. slightly. I mean c’mon! We are trying to save for a wedding and for our home AND for our lives after that but all these things every month, I tell you, they are not helping our cause. At times it certainly does feel like we take 2 steps forward and 15 steps back! So I asked him why things never seem to go right for us. Why can’t things for just this once be okay. I said to him that it seems that ever since I re-committed my life to God and became that dirty word ‘Pentecostal’ (refer to previous post) I get sick more often than I did before and things just seem to always go wrong, that I didn’t remember my life being like this before.
This is what he said in his baritone voice (lol I kid…he does have a nice voice though). So anyway, this is what he said (paraphrased of course)…
It might feel like nothing is going according to our plans but perhaps God is allowing these things to happen because He wants us to totally rely on Him to provide what we need. Think back to when your life seemed to go according to plan, no stresses and no sickness. You probably just didn’t notice the tough times because your parents were around to take care of everything for you. You didn’t need God. You didn’t need Him because your parents had the answers. You probably didn’t even know how to pray and or how to believe in God for your healing, or how to have faith in Him to work things out for you.
He is right. I didn’t know what faith in God was, my faith was in my parents who would pay for my food, yes and even service my car. My prayers probably consisted of ‘Thank you for mummy and daddy and for this food Amen.’
Don’t get me wrong, being thankful to God is important. But the Bible says, ‘In all things, give thanks’- 1 Thesalonians 5:18. Not just for things you already have, or when things are all hanky-dory, but in ALL things (good and bad, smooth or rough, richer or poorer).
Why? What does giving thanks in a bad, rough and poorer situation do? It builds your faith that’s what. (Oooh that’s a revelation right there for me)
It helps you believe that indeed your ‘God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory’- Phillipians 4:19
So yes, fixing the suspension thingy will cost us quite a bit, and yes we will have to dip yet again into our savings. But also we know that ‘ALL things work together for good to them that love the Lord and are called according to His purpose’- Romans 8:28.
God, i need you.
Lord, I thank you in advance.