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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Circumstances

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Heather Mason
Have you ever wondered what it really means to be a Christian?
Does it mean now, your life here on earth is perfect? You will never experience pain, go through trials, or be disappointed?


Over four years ago, I made the decision to give my whole self to Christ and to live for him. He was my Savior and he died so I could be free from sin. John 3:16 tells us “For God so loved the world, he gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in him shall never die but have eternal life.” Immediately after that,  I was waiting for circumstances in our lives to line up perfectly and thought we were never going to have any struggles ever again.


Well, things quickly started to NOT line up perfectly. One thing after another was going wrong. Small things were quickly adding up and I wasn’t sure how I could possibly handle it all. Our finances were a mess after a pay mix-up and we were struggling to make ends meet. I started to worry how we would even be able to feed our family; but, some how, we managed. I thought, “We are going to be ok, as long as nothing else happens”  I’m not sure I even finished that thought when my husband called to tell me his brake line broke as he was driving; yet, he managed to get the truck home safely. Now, he would have to purchase the parts and fix the truck. And then, I had this thought… “Surely, nothing else can happen.” If God loved me and knew I was living for him, why would this be happening to us? My life was supposed to be easier and perfect now.

Well, the brakes on the truck were fixed and I was absolutely ready to get on with this perfect life I was waiting for. It wasn’t long after that, I was sitting on our back porch when my husband called to let me know his truck now needed a new battery. Seriously? That’s more money. “I can’t do this!” For a split second I thought, “Forget it! This is too hard.” “This being a Christian thing is not easy at all.” I only held these thoughts for that split second as I had this life altering thought… “What else is there? What is my alternative?” At that very moment, I knew God was working on my response to circumstances. Did I trust Him to take care of us or, was I trusting in my husband’s paycheck to take care of us?  Gratefully, we were able to get a battery and, my attitude began to change quickly.

This story seems so long ago, now. So long in fact, I had completely forgotten about the battery situation until my husband was in Florida at a training school for his new position. He called to let me know he needed to go buy a battery for his truck. I took a deep breath and began to help my husband find the closest auto parts store and asked him to let me know how it went; as I prepared to move some cash out of our emergency fund. (Thank you, Dave Ramsey) And as I waited, I rationalized the truck was 11 years old and we had never replaced the battery so this seemed very logical. He called me a short time later and said “it was free.” What do you mean free?  Stores do not just give you things. Apparently, we had purchased a battery a few years ago and it was still under warranty. Neither of us remembered.  I almost felt God smiling, and saying well done.


We will always have struggles to face in this life. I am so thankful I did not choose to give up. I continue to press on, pushing every hindrance aside, moving closer and closer to the Lord. Will things get easier in this life? Probably not. But, there is a peace that comes that you just can’t explain. A joy you decide on. A love that you can’t experience any other way. All of these gifts you receive when you let Christ into your life.


1 Corinthians 15:55-58, “Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?”  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.


How do you handle difficult circumstances in your life?


Do you react, respond, pray?


Where do you turn when things are not going as planned?


For more about Relevant Women - RelevantMinistry.org/RelevantWomen

2 comments:

  1. Dead on! This meets so many of right where we find oursleves! Thank you, Heather for sharing straight from your heart! He is certainly saying, "Well done, my good and faithful daughter!"

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  2. Lol, Forgive me when I saw the Post I saw it was from Pam... as I am reading Im thinking.. wow I remember Heather going through this same thing ....Im such a dope!!!! Amazing Blog... How the Lord is Patient with us ... always giving us opportunties in this life to grow :-) Hes a Faith Builder!!!

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