“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher in a storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” Rabindranath Tagore
Gratefulness should be a way of life. We should ALWAYS be grateful for the people and the things in our lives. But are we? Are we ALWAYS grateful? Even when unexpected occurrences happen are we still grateful? For the most part, I am ALWAYS very grateful and am confident in GOD’S ASSURANCES. But when unexpected things occur, I must admit, I’m flawed, I’ve got to process the situation /circumstances before being grateful or seeing HIS ASSURANCES as I discovered this weekend…..
Yesterday, as I was going to visit my brother in the hospital, my car started acting up. I had literally just turned the corner from my house when it began jerking. The check engine light came on and it began to putter as if it were going to cut off. Even though my mind automatically went to money, I immediately began to pray as I made my way to the mechanic. I repeated over and over, “Father GOD, please let me get there safely. Don’t let this car cut off. Let me make it to the mechanic.” Ten loooong minutes later, I arrived. He diagnosed that my car’s engine had misfired and it needed a coil replacement. Total cost- parts, and labor $250. Damn, damn, damn.
While waiting for my car to be fixed, I reflected on the situation and immediately began to praise GOD for the way my day had unfolded. Just an hour before, I was at home enjoying a lazy Saturday. I had slept in and decided before I got out, I’d give the Queendom (my home) a deep cleaning before the holidays. As I began to clean, I kept having this gnawing thought to get out NOW and clean up later. I ignored the persistent thought but eventually gave in and jumped in the shower to start my day. I left home at about 2 pm with my day already planned-first, stop to see my brother, then to the mall for a few gifts, visit my father in the hospital, and back home to finish cleaning up. Well, those plans went awry.
I eventually recognized that the plans I had for my Saturday didn’t align with GOD’S plan for me. I realized that the gnawing thought urging me to get out NOW was GOD’S ASSURANCES of protection and safety for me. See, had I stayed home and cleaned my house, my mechanic would have been closed and I would have been stranded without a car for the entire weekend. Had it not happened so close to home, I may have incurred towing fees. Had I stuck to my plans to pick up a few Christmas gifts, I would have spent the money needed to cover the repairs. When my mechanic handed me the key, he was giving me an ASSURANCE that my car had been repaired.
As I drove away, I continued to reflect on the would of, could of, and should of’s of my day, and realized I needed to TRUST and rely more on HIS ASSURANCES. I promised myself that from now on, I will see HIS ASSURANCES FIRST in EVERYTHING. HIS ASSURANCE to never leave me or forsake me. HIS ASSURANCE to be my helper in times of trouble. HIS ASSURANCE to hear my prayers. HIS ASSURANCE to keep me safe, in times of trouble. HIS ASSURANCE to provide. For me, these ASSURANCES were all demonstrated this weekend, leaving me with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude that consumes my heart. GOD is a guarantee ya’ll, so LiIVE in HIS ASSURANCES!!!
As you embark on this Holiday Season, know that HIS ASSURANCES are the reason for this season.
SHIP TALK: Do you rely on HIS ASSURANCES? Are you always mindful of HIS ASSURANCES? Do you struggle with letting go and letting GOD?
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