Food for thought…God’s plans

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Has anyone ever told you to “take the good with the bad”. Or how about “chew the meat and spit out the bones”. We are so quick to dismiss the bad that happens in our lives as some horrible mistake. Yet, all the while, it’s been in the times of my deepest hurt and confusion that I realize I truly grew the most. We must see harsh realities and the raw nature of our character and that of others if we are to understand where we come from and what we are. There are some people I am aquatinted with very little aside from a little chat here and there. While there are others that I could take you to the place and tell you of the tears or joys and laughter we shared….because I lived it with them. Their story was bound up in mine. In so much as to make a string tie between their heart and mine and when one aches the other does as well and leans in to extend compassion.

There have been friends who have met me and ministered to me within these last few months and I have been ever so grateful. Truly I have been in need of that camaraderie. The other night I was truly not feeling well and a friend asked to come over. I had already laid down and was not up for company and almost said no but I am so glad I did not. My friend came and prayed for me and truly touched heaven.    I was in a position of being ill which led to her being able to reach out to The Lord in faith. Our faith doesn’t grow if it is not tested. It is difficult to be in a place of need but it is The Lord desire to meet that need for and in us!

I’m pretty sure Esther was not thrilled at the dangerous position of her people being set to be destroyed but it was a backdrop that opened up for their deliverance from the hateful Haman. Esther 4:14 “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Friend you are where you are not by accident but by providence. It may look gray and impossible but that is just the makings of a wonderful miracle of our Lord. We will know and those around us will be able to say, “surely The Lord was in this!” 

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