Just two weeks before a major holiday, I had not one but two major appliances to go kaput! Just a few weeks before that I felt led to increase my giving to the Kingdom Builders ministry at my local church.
Go figure…impeccable timing, right?
This posed one other significant inconvenience. This is the one time of year that I go all out when it comes to down home southern cooking. So this situation was bittersweet…on one hand I would miss the smell and taste of all the yummy goodness; but on the other hand, I did not have to be in the kitchen for hours and hours preparing one meal. Actually, my family did not forfeit the holiday meal. They only allowed me to postpone it.
Not knowing how I could afford to replace both my refrigerator and stove anyway, I decided to move forward with honoring God’s prompting to give more first. Then I would figure out my homeowner fiasco later.
My choices were so limited, and without any wiggle room whatsoever. I was either going to trust God…or not.
In this pivotal moment I would discover where I truly stand in my walk with Him. Through this experience I realized two things concerning my faith and spiritual growth:
- I am not where I want to be…
- I am not where I used to be…
There was a time in my life that I would react as any damsel in distress would, allowing my emotions to get the best of me in the situation. I would have complained, sulked, played the sympathy card…or anything else that would make others aware that I have a BIG problem. Sadly, I was oblivious to the fact that I had access to God, who is BIGGER than any circumstance that I could ever endure.
While I do not declare I have arrived, I have certainly come a long way in faith.
So often the cares of life swoop in and threaten to overtake us. And if we are not grounded in our relationship with God, they will…every single time.
What does it look like to be grounded according to the Word of God?
“He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” Psalm 1:3 (NKJV)
When we are planted…our lives bear and display good fruit.
When we are planted…our ability to withstand life’s challenges increases.
When we are planted…our life’s journey will be prosperous.
When we are planted…our lives are rooted and grounded.
When we are planted…our walk is by faith and not by sight.
In my distress, I could have easily chosen to “not” trust God as I looked at the logical realness of my situation. Sure the thought that I should delay increasing my giving came. But then I realized that it was “my” thought and not “His”.
“‘I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work.’ God’s Decree.” Isaiah 55:8 (MSG)
Logic says, “Hold on to what you have until you finally have enough.”
Faith says, “Trust God to make what you have more than enough.”
By faith, I gave the additional amount as prompted. I praised God for the dorm-sized refrigerator that a friend let me borrow and was grateful that I could at least use my stove top.
After praying for God to order my steps one day, I set out to buy a new refrigerator. Enroute to my destination, I took a divine detour, which resulted in the purchase of a fridge for a fraction of the cost that I was going to spend. It was delivered just 3 days later. And that oven situation…Well it was somehow resolved without even replacing a part.
My question for you is this: Are you at a crossroad concerning anything that requires you to trust God fully? If so, which direction will you choose? To trust Him…or not?
Suggestion: Confidently choose to TRUST Him…in, through, and with absolutely EVERYTHING!
LORD, Help me to trust you wholeheartedly with everything that concerns me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!
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