Monthly Archives: August 2015

When The Answer Doesn’t Come

A few months ago I was in desperate need of a car

so I prayed.

Specifically.

No doubt about it. A white Nissan Altima.

Finding a car for a short person is not always easy

and I knew that a Nissan Altima would work fine.

Why white? It was just my preference.

So I prayed for a white, used Nissan Altima with low mileage.

Yes, it had to be used for my pocketbook.

I looked and looked and looked

but one day led to another

and there was simply no used white Nissan Altima to be found.

In the meantime my Grand Prix was leaking

so that every rain led to wet floors in my car.

Yes, lay down the towels and dry out the wet ones time.

My car struggled to go up any hill and made some very strange noises.

Pray. Pray some more.

My closest friends joined us in prayer and in the search.

Every day I scanned the car listings

but still nothing remotely close to my request came available.

I knew His Promise.

 Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians3:20

 

  He is able.

  I am in need.

  Day after day I prayed and searched for a car.

  One day I went into a used car dealership that

      listed their service to help you find a car.

  I walked over to this big desk and sat down

     while a man looked at me seriously.

Please sir,

   can you help me find this car?

   He took notes on my request and price range.

  And agreed to get back in touch with me.

But once more day after day went by

   and I heard nothing.

  The day the transmission began to go

   on my Grand Prix

  I became nervous.

Lord, you have heard my cry.

Lord, you know.

    You know how much we need a car.

I prayed again spreading it all before Him,

   knowing His heart of Love

   knowing His promise to trust Him

   knowing His Will, my peace.

I went back to the used car dealership

  wondering if they possibly had some leads.

I’ll never forget that day

   as the two men smiled at me and suggested a van.

 The looks on their faces left no doubt.

They thought my search was in vain. I needed to expand my options.

As I left the shop that afternoon

   I wondered within myself.

Was anything too hard for God?

Was I asking in vain?

Deep within I was open to receive His Will

   Whatever that might be but I sensed that I was right to wait and pray.

  I sensed the call was to trust Him

   although I could see nothing.

And so I did.

Matthew 7: 7-11: Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 

 I no longer could safely drive wherever I wanted to go.

He is Lord of the wait.

I kept changing those wet towels after every rain.

He is Lord of the difficult days.

I had no other place to look

   But that didn’t limit His Ability.

 One day a few weeks later

         completely out of the blue

  I got a call telling me of a used car 5 miles from my house.

 My heart beat rapidly as I checked to see if it was available.

It not only was

   but it was just the right price,

    and a used Nissan Altima with low mileage

   in white.

Hallelujah!

His timing – my gift.

Never give up

   when the answer doesn’t come immediately.

Never give up

   when things just don’t work out.

Never give up.

Trust Him to answer your every need

  in His time

  and in His Way.

He cares about all of you.

Dogs, cars, children, bills, health, marriage/divorce,

   elderly parents, college,

   babies, vacations,

   and most of all your heart.

Never give up!

 

 

 

just because

If Your Light Has Gone Out

Has your light gone out?

Somewhere along the way did something happen that caused your light to flicker and dim and then go out?

Are you groping in darkness

struggling to find your way?

I know.

I understand.

The pain and cruelty and unjustness of our world

can crush the heart and paralyze the spirit.

All around us the world rushes on

and one is left in the dark not even knowing how to move forward

even if you  wanted to.

Cries of the lonely and desperate fill the air.

Is it your cry?

Outside my home a lamppost stands.

A while ago the light went out.

Changing the light bulb made no difference.

When evening shadows fell

our home was surrounded by darkness.

In a world where all too often bad deeds are done in the dark

I was very concerned.

I tried to fix the light myself.

Up on a chair, unscrewing the bulb that didn’t work and

putting in a new one, fastening on the top. Again and again.

But nothing seemed to work.

When night time came

It was still dark.

One season after another.

Until

a kind man stopped by and worked on it.

I watched as he carefully removed the bulb and slowly checked the wires.

He muttered to himself as he cleaned the connections

checking to see that everything worked just right.

Time and dirt from many years had settled in

causing the connections to not work and the light bulb not to shine.

How about you?

Have the pressures from within and the pain from without

blocked those pathways within your heart that used to work?

Discouragement, depression, disease sucking the very life out of you.

“You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.
(Matthew 5:14, The Message)”

Soul weary friend,

The light can be restored again. Yes, it can.

As you bring yourself to Him, let Him restore that  inner glow.

Maybe you need the caring hand of a friend to light that flame within you again.

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”

Albert Schweitzer

 

Just a small spark of kindness and understanding can make all the difference to another, can’t it?

Outside my lamppost is shining brightly again

and my heart is warmed by its glow

and my family is protected by its light.

All too often we need the touch of another to dispel the oppressive darkness

and to restore within us the light within.

His work – restoring lights.

Our work- moving into the darkness in His Strength and Power in His Name.

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

Eleanor Roosevelt

 Has your light gone out?

   There is always hope no matter how difficult your situation.

Let’s take His Light into the darkness.

Life-giving restoration is available for you today.the light

   He is the Light that drives away all darkness.