Not Sure How That Worked, But It Did

“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  Matthew 19:26

There is a fantastic skill which I possess (insert sarcasm).  When I plan, it is for every possible scenario. I can think of every disaster that could happen from a “1” to a “10”.  It is exhausting.

My lovely parents asked if we wanted their slightly new couch.   We have to come pick it up. We do not own a truck, and they live 150 miles roundtrip from us.  Since it was free, my husband said he would figure it out. Of course, he didn’t explain how he just said he would take care of it.  My parents and I, of course, annoyed him with all sorts of questions. I asked if we need to rent a moving truck and who would help him move the couch.  He just said, “Chillax lady, I will take care of it.”

That answer did not suffice.  I began to think of the couch falling out of our SUV and landing on a busy Southern California freeway.  My husband would hurt himself. Then, I remembered, I am married to this man for almost 16 years, never once was there a disaster.  He quietly calculates and plans and figures things out. He tries never to let anything beat him. So, I decided to be positive, even though I was quietly thinking about what could go wrong.  My parents vocally worried.

Up until my husband was driving away from my parents home, they were still calling me and freaking out.  I calmly said, “I trust him, he will be fine, and I will call you when he arrives home.” He arrived home with the couch still safely strapped in the car.  He carried the three sections in all by himself. We put the couch together, and I breathed a sigh of relief.  He said, “I told you it would be fine.” I called my parents and told them he made it here safely.

After a much-deserved rest, he was enjoying the new sofa.  He turned to me and said, “you and your parents had no faith in me.  I calculated the measurements and knew it would work.” At that moment, I realized this is how God does His will.  God hears us whining and complaining about things taking too long to come to pass.  The same thing happened when the Israelites when they were traveling to the promised land.  God knows every detail. He knows what we need. Things may look impossible, and we wonder how God will come through, and He always does. We need a bit of faith.  It may not be how we want it, but it is the right way.

Lesson Learned: Have faith and trust our Heavenly Father in all situations.

Prayer: “Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me for doubting your abilities.  Let my faith grow every time; I see your marvelous works. Remind me of all the times that you answered or protected me.  Let your will be done. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”

All You Had To Do Was Ask!

“Do not go about spreading slander among your people.  Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life: I am the Lord.”  Leviticus 19:16

 

Gossip, misinformation, rumors.   These things can ruin a reputation, cause unnecessary heartache, or even a loss of life.  Our society thrives on it. It takes too long to gather facts.  Even if it is false, information gets put out there to create excitement and drama.  Social media is one of the worst places for this to occur.

 

One day, I noticed a Facebook post on a private page that involves my daughter’s school.  The person posted a picture of a parent selling snacks after school. This post was a soapbox moment for her.  She blasted the school’s administration for allowing junk food to be sold.

 

There was a very good reason for the snacks.  A group of parents of incoming 5th graders,  came together to raise money for next year’s science camp.  There was a meeting for fundraising ideas and this was one of them. Parents donated snacks that could be sold one day after school.  There was a variety of pre-packaged snack choices: some healthy, some not so not. Even though selling items had to be approved by the principal, this had nothing to do with the school.  

 

The post reeked of judgment and condescension without any truth to it.  Thankfully, every parent that commented defended the fundraiser. They explained why it was taking place.  This didn’t seem to appease this parent that posted them initially. Unfortunately, she continued her rant about other issues that had nothing to do with the fundraiser.  I was so livid. So I wondered, why couldn’t the parent who took the picture, just ask what was going on, instead of publically blasting a situation she didn’t know anything about?  Sadly, the answer is, that is just what people do.

 

Why is that?  Why don’t we just ask?  We need to gather information before we make a judgment or comment.  When something riles us up such as politics, religion, or problems in our community, we never ask why.  We just create rumors and gossip from lies or half-truths.

 

This is not how God wants us to communicate with each other.  We are to be loving and patient. If you are not sure of a situation, just ask.  Asking questions can save a ton of heartache and pain. And that advice begins with me.

 

Lesson Learned:  Do not be afraid to ask questions.  

 

Prayer:

“Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me for spreading gossip.  Help me to keep my emotions in check and listen to one another.  Create in me a new heart. Restore areas in my life that need work.  Help me to forgive. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”