Sometimes, when it rains on your parade…or your party…or your wedding…OR your computer…all you can do is splash in the puddles.
Or add to that puddle with your own tears as I have the past couple of days.
I learned this truth recently when I lost a HUGE file I’d been working on for the past month or so. I’d put countless hours into it, finished everything down to the last detail and was ready to print.
But in an instant…gone! Lost! Tossed to oblivion never to be found again!
I’m trying very hard to see the blessing in my situation. I’m trying to read into some sort of lesson in all of this. But I suppose it doesn’t really matter whether I understand it or not. God doesn’t owe me an explanation – I simply owe HIM my trust and my thanks…and start over, however painful and laborious that may be.
Give thanks in all circumstances and pray
without ceasing….and repeat!
For some reason, this scenario reminds me of growing up with horses. Out of our five, one was a stubborn little pony - very headstrong and didn’t like to be ridden. She’d bloat up when I saddled her and tightened the cinch only to pick some random spot in the pasture to buckle her legs and roll over with me still in the saddle! More than once I had to bail off to avoid being crushed. But I learned early on that each time, it was necessary to take charge, to pull her back up on all fours, get back up in that saddle and start over until she did it right.
That whole scene happened THEN so I could draw from it NOW. That’s how God works.
Sometimes, I can get so involved in something that I overlook God’s bigger picture. Do you ever do that?
I believe there’s something to be gleaned from every situation, including this one. That certain “Aha!” moment when God’s hand becomes visible in the middle of our groaning and we realize why it had to come to pass. Why ALL that work was necessary only to be repeated for a bigger purpose.
Sometimes it’s like God says “Nope. You didn’t quite get all I wanted you to out of that experience. It’s time to go back to the drawing board and start over – trust me."
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:6)
today and Everyday,