Today's Devotional Thought
March 16, 2012 by Wendy Foreman
I have shared several times on After the Miracle my story of our being let go from our previous church and my husband having 6 months to find a job. What I have not shared (at least I don't think I have) is how we had a home to sell, a home we only owned for 10 months.
We had to try selling our home in the worst market ever. And, we finally had to give it back to the bank.
But even in that we ran in to some difficulties.
Our paper work got misplaced and a home we thought we were finished with resurfaced and we had a new set of problems to endure. Not only were we attempting to get things straight with the bank, our homeowner's association decided to sue us for not paying our HOA fees on a house we were under the impression we no longer owned. I know it all sounds very confusing; however it has a wonderful ending.
After 3 years, we got word last Monday that everything was worked out.
It was like the final puzzle piece that completed a beautiful picture of God's faithfulness, a beautiful picture of how God can take a dark time in our lives and work it out to be the best thing that ever happened.
You see, in the months that followed our leaving, I struggled to understand why. I asked God so many questions and wanted to blame someone for all that happened. But you know what happened? In those moments of crying out I drew the closest to the Lord than any other time in my life. God used that time to transform me and make me understand what was really and truly important in life.
I would not change that for anything friends.
In these 3 years of dealing with our home, it seemed it was the one thing that lingered from what we had gone through at our previous church. Every time we got word about the house, it was like a Band-Aid being ripped off again and that wound would hurt for a while. When that letter came in the mail last Thursday telling us that all was taken care of, it was like a burden had been lifted off our shoulders, a wound had healed and we could finally let go of the past and move forward in every area of our lives.
I share this with you today because I am rejoicing and praising God for how He works all things together for our good. Was this journey painful? Absolutely. But today I sit here a different person in so many ways because of how God worked.
Today I want to challenge you in the midst of whatever is going on in your life to look for the good, no matter how difficult. To ask God what he wants you to learn and how you can use it to honor Him.
Out of a dark period of my life, After the Miracle was started. It was a way for me to heal. Being able to use my experience to show how God works out good in bad circumstances has really helped me. It was the way I felt God wanted me to honor him. Oh friends, I have learned so much on this journey and I want the same for you. Embrace what comes into your life good or bad and pray and allow God to work good through it.