TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A PURPOSE
Have you ever wanted to find a place where you could go and scream at the top of your voice, without people thinking you were crazy? Have you ever had the frustration in your life build to a point where you swear your head is going to explode? Do you find yourself asking why? Why now? Why me? Believe it or not there is a reason for everything.
This past Wednesday my 10-year-old granddaughter was attending the weekly AWANA meeting at a local church. The children where asked to state what the best news was that they ever received. There were many varied answers as they went around the circle. When they came to my granddaughter, her answer was this: “my horse is finally healthy, and I am going to have a great summer!” In the spring of this year her horse foundered from eating too much clover in the pasture. With the help of the veterinarian, local stable, and special shoes put on by the farrier, her horse was now sound. Because of the horse’s foot problem she had to get a different horse for the fair this year, and was looking forward to riding her own horse at fair next year. This is what she considered to be the best news she ever heard.
It is almost as if the devil was sitting there waiting to hear what the children said, so he could rob their joy, because in the morning my granddaughter and her mother found the horse lying in the pasture with a broken leg. During the night it had gotten caught in the fence and panicked and fell down and broke it’s leg. I got the sad news while shopping at Wal-Mart. I’m sure the people around me thought I was crazy for standing there crying while talking on the phone. After I composed myself, (or thought I had), I called my granddaughter to make sure she was okay. She could hear the grief in my voice, and tried to comfort me, telling me she was okay now, and that her horse was in a better place.
I marveled at the inner strength of this small 10-year-old girl. While I am marveled at her strength and resilience, I am not surprised, because she has a firm understanding in whom God is and the role he plays in her life. She trusted Him to see her through this difficult time.
How many of us adults put our trust and faith wholly in the care God? Most of us are control freaks and think we can control our own lives without any outside interference. But the Bible tells us this: Matthew 18:3 – And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
We are so busy trying to make it in the world on our own, that we don’t take advantage of the love, counsel, understanding, and guidance that God is ready and willing to give us on a daily basis. Somewhere along the line we decided that we’re all grown up, and don’t need any help. But the Bible says, fool has said in his heart there is no God!
As parents is so important that we help our children be ensconced in the Word of God, for their daily needs. The best way of doing this is by showing them by example that we turn to God’s Word in our daily lives for guidance and counsel. Such a simple thing to do, and yet so easy to become complacent in doing.
We as authors, should take instances like this and present them in our writings, to affirm the marvelous gift of peace that the indwelling of the Holy Spirit gives us. Miracles happen every day all around us, but we are blinded from the beauty of them because of our hurried lives in self-imposed independence. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto thee. Something to think about!
He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
Psalms 27:5, 13-14
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: