February 24, 2019

From Trouble to Triumph



“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?”--Jeremiah 32:27 (KJV)

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My last article here contained scriptures and quotes regarding God’s love for us. It’s hard to feel cherished when certain aspects of our lives are beyond our control. Those are the times when we can be grateful for the small and big miracles that somehow move us forward. That is one way God shows he cares, no matter what individuals are going through. Here are some examples:

Con: A snowstorm has slowed things down. Everything’s closed. Pro: The utilities are still working. You also have plenty of food and water.
Con: A buddy requests your help on a project. This will interrupt your planned schedule. Pro: You learn a new skill, or polish an old one. You grow closer to your friend.
Con: The car breaks down.  The mechanics will take a few days to fix it. Pro: You don’t have to rent a car. You’re able to share a vehicle with someone else. 

Such cases show us there is often a silver lining in every cloud. We must be persistent in looking for it. Beyond that, life-altering wonders show us God’s love on a whole new level:

The Missionary Miracle

My husband, John Lawrence, was a missionary in rural Venezuela years ago. He had a native Venezuelan companion, but the young man followed the church guidelines of dressing in a suit. Both missionaries looked out of place in that poverty-stricken area of the country.

They were walking down a dusty street one day, when two men pulled up in an old car. The driver stepped out and immediately accused them of being CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) spies. (I’m sure true spies work hard to blend into their environment, or they wouldn’t be successful. That’s another story.)

The first man stepped up to my husband and poked a revolver directly into his chest. He demanded that both men confess to being spies and leave the country immediately. Meanwhile, the second guy in the car was grabbing a shotgun from the car’s trunk.

A local family saw and heard what was going on. These people didn’t personally know the humble church workers. The two groups had only exchanged friendly greetings previously. The bystanders pleaded with the gunmen to stop; the missionaries weren’t government agents.

Miraculously, the man with the pistol lowered his weapon. He and his companion got back in their car and drove away.

Note: Please stay tuned for another miracle in next week’s article!

My Conclusion

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men and women who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.—Todo (from Google)

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What miracles have brought you through times of darkness?

8 comments:

  1. Hi, Traci, just came across your name in one of my Evernote files, back in the days when we were organising blog tours and such. Hope things are well with you. What are you planning to do once Google+ goes?

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  2. Hi, Mike Crowl. I really appreciate your getting in touch! I've been thinking about those days, and about your great books, lately...I'm not sure what's a suitable replacement for Google+. Do you have any suggestions?

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  3. I looked at a couple of options - they'd both been around a little while, and they were okay, but then I had to ask myself: was I really using Google+ that much anyway, apart from the fact that it kept a record of my blog posts and gave them some visibility on Google search? In the end I decided I didn't really have the time to get myself involved in yet another community and so I gave both of the other sites away. Google+ had the advantage of being interconnected with Google and gmail and such; but plainly it just wasn't doing what it set out to do.
    I probably find Twitter's more up my alley anyway - I've been on there quite a long time, and if I want to 'advertise' my blog posts, I can just tweet about them. That gets a response of sorts - especially if you add a relevant photo to the tweet. I still use Facebook, but it's doing all sorts of crazy things all the time and gets a bit tiresome! LOL

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    1. Mike Crowl, Thanks so much for your information! I agree with everything you said. I've been having my own issues with Facebook. I haven't even promoted my blog on there recently. I hope to see you on Twitter--or, of course, here on my blog.

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  5. What's your Twitter handle, Traci? Or haven't you started on Twitter yet?

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    1. My handle is aleen_traci, Mike Crowl. What's yours?

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