This morning I wrote to my mom and sis to vent, as I often do. I’ve been praying and thinking about ways John and I can tackle the $24,000 2nd mortgage that we’re responsible for, even though our house foreclosed in Missouri this month. Rather than feel sorry for us, I know we just need to buckle down and do what we can, one day at a time. I wanted to share my sister’s reply with you because they lifted me so and made me smile:
I love you so much and just want to write and support you and remind you that to God, $24,000 is nothing! In the grand scheme of things, when you are are the creator of everything and the owner of every cow on every hill…what’s $24,000?! I know to us it may as well be $1,000,000, but God is not like us. He is not surprised, he is not in a quandary, he knows that everything is on track for his purposes. Yesterday as I sat and did my devotions it seemed like everything I read was about God’s trustworthiness. I thought, “wow, what is coming that I need to be reminded of this so heavily?” Well, I can tell you today after thinking on it a lot yesterday, that you can trust God, Mimi.
Think about it this way: I have told you that I’m coming to see you in September. Do you believe me? Of course you do, because you trust me, you know I’ve bought a ticket, you know me to be true to my word, right? I’m just another created creature and you trust me. Well…God (Creator, Holy, Almighty God!) has told you that He will work all things for the good of those who love Him and have been called according to His purposes (Rom 8:28). “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor 12:9) Do you believe him? I was thinking yesterday, how silly for us to believe another human and yet have so much trouble believing God! “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Rom 8:32) These are, as Streams in the Desert put it in yesterday’s devotional, God facts. “Never turn God’s facts into hopes, or prayers, but simply use them as realities, and you will find them powerful as you believe them.” Isn’t that awesome? I love that! We have facts, not ideas, not hypothesis, but facts that are the foundation of our security. Thank you, God!!!
And finally, for my closing (ha!) I’d like to throw in Hebrews 10:39, “But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.” ~shaking my finger and nodding my head around like I’m a large black women telling you a thing or two~ Can I get an amen????