Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Praise God from whom all blessings flow

The last week has been a bit rough for me.  There have been several situations that have really tested my faith and God's plan and purpose for my life.  I do not want to go into details of the situations, but I do want to share what God taught me during this.  For over a year we have been trusting God more and he has been showering us with blessings beyond our comprehension.  There has been one area that has been our thorn.  A simple thing really, but now a major ordeal.  We trusted God and took a path that we knew would be bumpy, but he told us he would provide, trust him.  So, we did.  We stepped out in faith and allowed God to have full control.  Things were going along wonderfully then a bump.  A bump that stopped us, caused us to look around and say ok God what was that?  Do we pursue this, or not?  Both Doug and I felt we were to pursue it.  During this time, we were able to share God's peace to several people and that God was in control and His plan would work out for the good of all concerned according to His plan.  Then we hit the bump again, but this time the bump had grown and appeared insurmountable.  I was shaken.  Shaken more than I had been in a long time.  I could only cry angry tears.  Anger, I hate to admit, towards God.  WHY GOD???  We did what you told us, we were faithful, why are you making this so hard on us?  I knew deep in my heart that God was in control, but I was confused.  I was scared of the what ifs.  I was angered because we were wronged of no fault of our own, but a simple mistake of someone elses that effect our lives tremendously.  A simple mistake, a stroke of the pen not made, an honest to goodness mistake.  Then Doug shared an article he read that morning in the  In Touch magazine(he is several months behind on these magazines, but again all in God's timing.  What we needed at the moment).  The point that hit me the hardest was, "What may seem to be a grave disappointment can also become a doorway to blessing."  Hmm, ok God you have my attention.  What are you saying?  The article went on to say, "Too often, we judge God's blessings by the way they affect us.  We fail to consider that He has a plan and knows its outcome."  Anything that forces us to turn to God and cling to him is good for us.  "In some cases, you may not know until much later the good He is working in your life through times of brokenness and discipline.  However, He knows, and I believe if you will allow Him to work, He will bring good out of the even deepest tragedy."  That insurmountable bump began to crumble.  Then Sunday morning came, we went to church.  We sang songs.  Songs of worship to a wonderful God, then I looked at the bulletin and the next song was.....you guessed it, Praise God from whom all blessings flow.  I was broken.  All I could do was cry and ask God's forgiveness.  He has never forsaken me, yet over a bump I questioned Him.  Some relationship I have.  God throughout the next 24 hours showed me that He was in control and He would not forsaken me.  That bump has continued to crumble and I know that God has overcome the bump.  "The good things in life are not for sale.  They have already been bought with a price far too great for us to pay, but not too great for God's Son.  His death on the cross not only paid for our sins; it also purchased for us the right to enjoy every moment God gives."  Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
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Terri said...

I enjoyed reading this, very well written. Thank you. Yes, God is good.