I had to laugh at the angel message today. I’m deep in throes of a lesson about finding peace from the inside out and trusting God knows what He is doing with my life. I thought I knew how to do that! I thought I trusted God. But when the leak under the floor was discovered in December, I learned I had more to learn. Of course I got a grip and everything worked out like a Hallmark Movie in time for the holidays.
I did the happy dance and walked outside to get the mail and noticed a roof tile was broken and rotting some wood underneath! The last small roof repair cost a bundle and was profoundly irritating. Once again I prayed. A dear friend referred a great repair guy who can fix the problem much more reasonably than the big companies. I’m thrilled. One more item off the list!
I went back inside to work, and computer and CD burner promptly konked out. I just started laughing at that point. I had prayed only that morning for God to help me find a faster way to burn CDs. The other problem, however, was one I hadn’t prayed for! I have what they call a “vintage” computer meaning really old and hard to find parts. So once again I breathed deeply, gave the problem to God, and the wonderful computer repair guys at Mac Media found “vintage” parts on ebay for me. It wasn’t a cheap repair, but now I have a computer that works well, and it takes me 1/3 the time to burn client CDs.
Another happy dance, then the next challenge arose within the hour! I got a call from the insurance adjustor. They had come out after the immediate plumbing problems were fixed because the plumbers and God put the bug in my ear to have them check the structure of my house. “We are going to rip up all the tile in your home, jackhammer the area around the leak, and pour new concrete and then your slab will be good as new,” the wonderful lady told me. A wave of dizziness passed through me as I quickly realized I’d have to take a few weeks off work with no income, but that wave was followed by a wave of love so strong I realized that God knew exactly what he was doing, and that this was His way of making my home safe, strong, and like new! Instantly the feelings changed from, “Oh No!” to “Oh thank you!” I felt that internal peace. I felt joy even knowing that I wouldn’t have any more problems from this leak after the repairs are done. I will get new tile that I will probably like better than the old. I’ll take the time off and get whatever God has in mind for me done, and if I spend my emergency savings fund, so be it, that is what it is for. I’ve been SO happy ever since. It has been almost crazy to be this happy while looking forward to such a mess, but I feel and see and know the presence of God’s love flowing through every one of these challenges.
So when life throws you a challenge, stop, breathe deeply, and pray. Ask to see God’s love at work. Trust that no matter what you are thinking, there is love beneath it all. Trust that good will come of it, if only you believe that. Pray and trust that the right help will be sent your way, that you will be guided in all your decisions, and that you will end up better than you started.
God does love us all. It may not seem that way at times in your life and yet the sun shines behind the storm clouds whether you can see it or not and so too the love that made us shines within us, waiting for us to see it, recognize it, and allow it to pour forth into our lives!
Happy New Year indeed, and may you be blessed with the peace and joy that are always there deep within your own hearts.
Love you all!