It's day three already! I hope you have been blessed through this so far. And today we have a really good post from a good friend that I think we all need to be reminded about, every day. It's something we often forget, but need to remember. I hope you're blessed by this! Love y'all :)
Have you ever wondered why you had to get sick on that day or your parents said “no” to that party?
Well, friends, I’ve had that experience a lot. I recall a time when I was around 10 or 11; my family was going to visit my brother. The night before going on the plane, I got really bad hives. Like really bad. I remember crying that night. Finally, the next day dawned. I woke up completely forgetting my condition. I put on a jacket (which is a DO NOT when you have the hives) and did life as normal. I don’t know how, but I was healed by God!
I don’t why God healed me and let me go to visit my brother, maybe it was because He knew that my brother really needed to see my family. I do know that I am drawing encouragement from that point in my life. I believe that God healed me because He wanted me to remember what He did for me. God wants us to praise him through the bad and the good. I’m sure I don’t always do that, but at least we can try.
I’m sure all of us can remember a time when we were late for something and missed out on something cool or important.
I used to get sad or feel disappointed when things ended up in the wrong way (I still do somewhat). Eventually, I learned (through a sermon) that God uses bad for good, “...God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness” (Hebrews 12:10 NIV). With this in mind, I found myself seeing the good in the bad situations.
I remember when my brother (different than the other previously stated), my mom, and I were late for an event. My mom was getting somewhat stressed when I consoled her. I said things like, “Maybe God didn’t want us there at that time” or, “God had us late for a reason”. I recalled the sermon when it detailed how God used bad for good. The pastor recounted times when a guy missed his flight and later found out that the plane crashed. He continued to say that a lady was to return an item in the store, but forgot the item in her car. She walked there and back, but she was stopped by someone outside of the store, that said there was a man with a gun inside.
How many times does God save our lives but we don’t even realize it? How many times has God protected us for a purpose, but we don’t know what it is? Friends, God is doing something great in your lives. It is a purpose that He defines and Him only. God has probably made you late because there was a car that was going to crash into you. God had you get sick on that day; because He knew that you were going to get hurt by someone else at the party.
Try being thankful during times of hardship or uncomfortable situations, it helps a lot. Know that if a situation is going wrong, God’s got you and He’s protecting you always.
"I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart;
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"I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all of my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds."