Almost three weeks ago, my best friend's co-worker was involved in an accident in a company vehicle, that sadly resulted in a fatality, the 61-yr old lady who had turned in front of them. A week and half ago, maybe almost two, a guy from a competing company of that same best friend, was involved in an accident with a semi-truck. He too, sadly, was the fatality. A week ago, tomorrow, I was involved in an accident, with the young man who ran a red light while I was driving a company vehicle. And now??
Tuesday night, I'm on the phone with that same best friend. He is walking into an appointment late in the afternoon, when he says, "gotta go...wife is calling in". As it turns out, she was calling to inform him that their daughter had just been involved in an accident. Oi Vey!
Meanwhile, just a little over an hour before that was happening, I had gotten a text from a guy at church. The 47-yr old son of another dear friend, had had a heart attack Tuesday morning. In case you missed that, a heart-attack... at 47! Both of these friends, a former deacon on our church's advisory board and a current deacon, respectively.
As I considered and prayed over these situations, I couldn't help but consider the Biblical truth... indeed, it rains on the just and the unjust; the righteous and the unrighteous.
Correspondingly, yesterday's verse of the day, from YouVersion, was 1 Corinthians 2:9.
"But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him."
Amazingly, it all came together. One simply doesn't know what, who and how God will orchestrate events and circumstances in our lives to bring about glory and honor to His name. It seems odd and unfair in our finite minds, but as a lady even testified during last night's devotional at church, God does have a plan to use ever situation and battle we face; no matter what it is, to bring about the miraculous in drawing us closer to Him and pointing others to Him.
Sure, it does seem unfair. There will always be questions. There will, inevitably, be fear and frustration. Trials and tribulations visit all of our households. None of that, however, takes away from the goodness and greatness of God, whose mercies are new every morning. Today is simply a new day, that no matter who you are, where you are, with whatever you have; God is the God of the miraculous.
On this #deaconThursday, as we seek the face of God, pray for these my friends, deacons and church support staff, for whom life is striking close. For situations that are causing anxiety and fear; for circumstances with unanswered questions and uncertain futures, may faith arise; standing the face of adversity, as they refuse to allow the enemy to destroy their lives and homes. Pray they would hold fast to the promise that God has given; He does work all things together for the good of those who love Him. May what the enemy intended to harm and derail us be used to glorify God and on an even stronger course of faith. Pray the spirit of fear to be gone. May the love of God and the soundness of mind fill their soul and spirits, as the days and weeks unfold; as decisions are made; as recovery takes place. While life moves on, may these moments of crisis move us closer to Father God, the lover and maker of our souls; in whom we live, move and have our being.
May God keep us close to His presence,
Despite the accidents and incidents of life.
For His glory, we pray.
In the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
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