Toil as the Lilies
Matthew 6:28-29 (KJV) “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”
If you know Solomon’s story, you realize he was a Jewish King, and had wealth beyond any of his day. Jesus spoke of Solomon many years ago, but even today, His words are true; I love to share them with any that are hurting and are weary from life’s struggles. God loves everyone, and hates to see Any with lack. I am not famous or desire to be famous; but I know there are hurting people all over the world and I want to witness God’s great love to them. God loves the ordinary man, too.
There are so many demonstrations of God goodness everywhere; often I read and see glorious testimonies of people willing to give God the glory for their triumph. Even in my life, I am witness to God’s great goodness; I confess not to boast, but to let you know he helps the regular imperfect believer too. God has given me a man that helps me fulfil His desires for my life, my books are publishing, unexpected finances, vehicles, and peace with my home and family. There are so many blessing that I can tell you of; one thing I will say however is that, all of them came at a time unexpected, and was usually nothing I imagined.
Matthew 7:11 (KJV) “11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” Learning to ask, trust, and follow God is a ceaseless journey, but it grows so much better each day; making my faith in him bloom through difficult circumstances. I end up smiling, rather than frowning, or crying. Whether things happen the way I expect them to or not, I always feel peace in the conclusion.
I want to tell of an incident in which I thought I received discouraging news. I wanted to move from my current location, because I thought it would be best for my mother. Having stairs, due to her age, the home we are in became difficult for her to move around in. However if you have read some of my previous posts, you know that my mother passed away a couple of months ago. Before leaving me, she told me that God did not want us to take the new home; of course, I did want to listen to her because I was sure the move would benefit her. Moreover, after she died, I had to face her memory daily as I walked past her old room; I decided with my husband to move anyway. Nevertheless, to my surprise, the person rescinded the offer on the home.
The short version of the story is, my mother died, and I ended up staying where I am. My mother, my spiritual partner, saw something that I did not because I was too emotionally involved in the situation. To my own mistake, I missed God on that one. My mother was right; this created a gambit of emotions with in me at first. The spiritual insight of my mother, that I missed, left me lost and confused in my own spirituality; how could I have missed God that bad. Hey, I am not perfect, lol. In addition, the less than honorable way the individual rescinded the offer, left my husband hurt, making me irritated. I did not see the lies of the devil in his attack towards him and me. However, my mother did, and God knew what would happen.
God knew what I would experience, and before it affected me terribly, leaving me angry and bitter, he gave me great peace in the situation. God allowed me to offer peace to my husband as well. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I accepted the empty room in my home; and searching my heart, I realized I never wanted to move anyway. I only wanted it out of desperation, to help my mother. As God gave me understanding, I spoke with my husband, and we both agreed it was really no loss; the location was the worst, and that alone would cause many problems for he and I.
In short, God kept me from a lot of grief by keeping me away from the location. To my blessings, I stayed in my townhouse, and a new contentment developed within me. The BOD has invited me to lead a new committee; I find myself blessed because staying her, now, I can meet new people and introduce them to our community, and God. To me, my life is full just where I am, and I call that a true blessing of God.
Like me, you might think you have received disappointing news; maybe it is not. God knows something you do not, and if you are trusting in him, know that he has an alternate plan. Allow Him to reveal His purposes to you; forget about what left you, it was never yours anyway. I can assure you what God has is much better than you expected.
Remember. Romans 8:28 (KJV) 28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Toil as the Lilies
Toil as the Lilies