I’m dizzy with gratitude!
Have you experience circumstances that seemed to detour your plans, crush your hopes, and possibly even caused you to be the laughing stock of your enemies? Many of us have or will, though some would not own it.
Can you believe that you are in rich company? I was sitting here considering Abraham, Esther, and Nehemiah. None of their lives were protected from trials. Each one had their own hurdles to leap over. Joseph, Ruth, Paul and so many—if not all—of the heroes and heroines that the Bible records hold something in common.
Their hope refused to be swayed, their loyalty to the Lord stayed intact, though they came from seemingly impossible and ridiculous circumstances. Who on earth would choose these people for the positions that God Almighty elevated them to? Thankfully, God looks into the heart!
What would we find if we inspected our hearts? Is there something that Holy Spirit is drawing our minds to right now? Something that we have protected and left tucked deep inside, which needs released? Something we only ever meant to hide and ignore? Maybe this feels like a precipice, like death itself. And truly this is a death of something selfish or less-than what God would have us enjoy. I believe that is true, yet sometimes I still hold on. So pointless—at least that is what I’ve realized once I get past the great whatever and can look back once more.
Who among those Bible heroes enjoyed a so called normal existence? And were they not all a surprise to their families or neighbors and enemies? God keeps us in perfect peace when our eyes stay on Him. Let’s do that—you and me. Let’s consider His attention and direction to be the best for us and believe that our…
Unlikely Circumstances = God’s Open Door
Susan Marlene Kinney is published in Splickety Love magazine and newspapers. She writes devotions, fiction, and nonfiction. She is a member and co-founder of Pens of Praise Christian Writers and is a member of Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, ACFW WISE, and Lighthouse Christian Writers. She speaks at writers groups and prepares devotions and teachings often for Pens of Praise Christian Writers. She is a wife, mother, grandmother and At-Risk Teacher’s Aide. She loves antiques and training her Leonberger, who in turn loves to train her. But don't tell the cat, she thinks she has everyone under control.