John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.KJV
In this verse, Jesus was able to prophesy to his disciples what the outcome of His life would be, as this was stated to them only a short time before Jesus paid the full price for everything that we face in life. I want to tell you of my meditations today, which brought all of this to my mind.
What is there about a sort of “mindless task,” that can make ones day especially joyful?
This was one of those days when I woke up about 5:30, showered, and began to fry lefsa. My only interruption was a “time out” for breakfast with my wonderful hubby.
But, a great forenoon it was! It was as if God was working right beside me, (and, inside me,) pointing out to me what a blessed person I am.
Oh yes, many things go wrong, but we are not alone. God is always there, and He has provided caring people who are also right there to help. “In the world Ye shall have tribulation” But He has overcome it. When He spoke that, He already knew the price that He must pay for us. What a wonderful encouragement.
Last week was one of those testing weeks. I caught my foot in a palette that held a display in Wal Mart. I “gracefully” fell in the middle of the aisle and flew down the aisle like I was ice skating. A sweet lady appeared out of nowhere, and wanted to help me up, fill out an accident report. (which I thanked her for the concern, but assured her that I was okay.)
Well, that was only the icing on the cake, as I did a foolish thing and opened my email account to a hacker, which turned into a grand fiasco. Eventually, I went with the flow and opened an email account elsewhere.
Well, yes, I remembered all of those things well , this joyful morning; but I also remember well that I wasn’t hurt badly, and, oh yes, the email, well, I am slowly retrieving some addresses that were lost. God is good all the time.
Now to share a little of my joy, I was reminiscing about one thing in particular. My grandfather came from a large, worldly family, and his salvation was so unique. I got to thinking, “What if he had never been born into Christ’s family? Where would I be today? “My father was brought up in church with every opportunity to find Jesus as his Savior, which is what he did. My mother was a Christian, and would never have considered marrying one who was not; and so now you know why my thoughts were so precious to me.
What if I’d been born in any one of the families that came from Grandpa’s brothers or sisters? To my knowledge there are no Christians in any of those homes. Where would I have been? My grandfather had left his home when he was quite young, and we never knew his family or their offspring. In later years, we met one of the offspring who is a very nice person, but not a Christian, and has no interest in becoming one.
My heart is literally singing praise to God, that I somehow, had the great privilege to learn about Jesus at a very young age, and greater still, have Him become the center of my being at the age of thirteen. I am nearly 80 now, and I cannot count all of the blessings God has bestowed on me, the strength He has given me through many trials, and the things that He keeps teaching me to this day. I’ve still a lot to learn but it is an exciting trip.
Oh, yes, a car backed into me in a parking lot this afternoon. No, I wasn’t in a car, just standing, waiting for my husband to join me. Well, praise God it wasn’t a hard hit, and I was able to tell the lady not to worry about it at all. She felt so bad. But, after all, I didn’t know she was in the car when I just stood there either. I’m sure God is trying to teach us both something. What a joy to walk with Him.