Well, I am just heartbroke. By now, I guess you have heard Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert are divorced. Don’t that just beat all? I just knew these two were a match made in heaven. Maybe there’s a good country song in there somewhere. Just look at how cute they are.
So,what now? I’m just waiting for the other shoe to fall. First, Bubba Watson painted over the rebel flag on the General Lee & now this. Good grief. What’s going to happen next?
Sometimes things happen in life & we are just disheartened. I mean just plain ol’ want to quit everything, because nothing seems to be going right? The house is not keeping itself clean. The car keeps getting dirty. The kids are running amuck. Your air conditioner goes out, in 100 degree weather. Everybody is going on vacation & you are not, again, this year. You keep working like a dog & barely get your bills paid before you discover, your refrigerator just stopped. Stopped. With no warning whatsoever. Does anyone else live this dream besides me? Sometimes it seems there is more wrong than right. I get a little down & think is this all there is? Then, I read about Gideon & it puts things in a new perspective.
Gideon had the same attitude that I have sometimes. When the angel of the Lord came to him (Judges 6), & told him the Lord was with him, Gideon responded with this:
13 Gideon said to Him, “O my lord,[a] if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.”
Oh my word! That sounds exactly like what I would have said. “Really, if the Lord is so with me, then, where are all of the blessings everybody else is getting?” When we talked about vacation this year, I did my Gary impression:
Where’s my new pool, house, clothes, car, & all the things joy, happiness, & bliss is made out of? Well, just like Gideon, I have to remember, everything I am doing or have done could be bringing me to my purpose. Gideon began listening & not living in gloom & doom. He began a life of action. When he listened to what the Lord had in store for him, he began working for the Lord. With the Lord’s help he defeated the Midianites. That was truly a miracle! Gideon was a God fearing man. He went through some trials. He may not have prospered exactly like he thought he should. But the Lord did not forget him. He had a purpose for Gideon. In the end, he triumphed.
Just like Gideon, the Lord loves us. He won’t forget us. He may not bless us with money, houses, land, & earthly possessions. However, He has made sure we have salvation, mercy, & grace. We can have peace to lay our heads down at night. Even out of our selfish hearts, the Lord sees good & sees people He can use.
I hope you all have had a wonderful week. It’s almost the weekend. I know I could use some of that. Until next time I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.
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