The year started so well that we forgot all about our power bill. I know it sounds totally unbelievable but it actually happened. So on Friday I leave the house and I am gone for about an hour and when I come back I decide to warm lunch…alas…the microwave is not working. I try the lights and figure that power is out. I call the neighbour’s to see how large the area in black out is but alas, they have power. MMMhhhhh, one look at the meter and …… Yup!!!! We’ve been disconnected us.
So I rally my hubby who is in town to sort it out but alas, the most important office for re-connection closes at 3.30pm on Friday and he got there close to 4pm. This simply means no power for the night. Oh my…well, I comfort myself and say it can’t be that bad and truly it wasn’t. On Saturday I go out but when I get back home at 2.00pm there is still no power. My heart sinks and I start planning to take stuff to the neighbour’s house when I hear Papa say, “Don’t you think that is a bit premature?”
I stop and wonder for a moment, “Premature? No way, look at the facts. It’s 2pm on Saturday. The last time I checked the power guys work till noon on Saturday.” Papa says, “That is fatalist thinking.” So I pause to consider the statement and suddenly I see what He means. The lesson this week has been learning to believe that despite the situation everything will work out according to His plan and His will. So I figure that I must learn to allow Him to do His thing in His way. I accept that my thought was premature, and ask Papa to do His thing. Believe it or not, in under 30min power was restored. Beat that!
Were my thoughts premature? Yes. Did God have an answer? Yes. Was he going to sort me out? Yes. Was my faith low? Yes. All I had to do was be patient and believe that in His time He would make all things beautiful. It made me realise that Papa allows things to happen that are not what I want, to get my attention and reinforce the lessons He is teaching me. He is in the business of confirming His word to me and making certain that I know and believe He is serious about all that He has said. It got me thinking….what has God said about me in the past and present? Who has He said I will become? What has He set for me as the plans for my life? Do I really believe Him or do I lose hope at the first sign of testing or trouble?
You see, God never promised me that there will be no trouble or challenges along the way. Rather, He promised that He would walk with me all the time and we will make it through together. Will there be days when the circumstances will look overwhelming? Yes. However, I must learn to stand up to the doubts and questions restating the word spoken over me and making an affirmation that no matter what lies ahead I will trust the word of God over all the circumstances surrounding me.
He reminded me of one of the greatest scriptures of all time Psalm 23 Amplified Bible (AMP)
- The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.
- He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.
- He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him—not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake.
- Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.
- You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with [a] oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.
- Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.
This year, choose to trust in Papa and stand firm in His word no matter what comes your way. You will learn as I am that He is ever present and will provide comfort and assurance all the days of our lives.
This is the year of Jubilee.