My Peas and Carrots Desert Experience...
Accepting a business invitation to travel from Kentucky all the way to San Diego, California we were in great anticipation knowing that our Savior was in the middle of it all! Have you ever been in the middle of great plans and excitement but still are pricked by the Holy Spirit that maybe, just maybe, you should not fledged forward? I felt that way, but never mentioned it to my sweet family that was heading on the trip!
We were on the "Road Show" to the beautiful city of San Diego! It was only 8 of us from our large family that were going along with some of our business associates who were also believers. The Lord sweetly reminded me of His precious words during our trip as things began to develop.
Our family continued reaching out to people on the road and not only sharing our business, but sharing Christ through music and our lives! It was awesome and exciting for all of us to see our Savior working! Have you ever thought that everything was alright and everyone was on the same page and only to later find out you were totally wrong?
Both instances I faced last month.
Ephesians 4:1-6 "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God, and Father of all who is above all, and through all, and in you all."
On the day we were heading back to Bowling Green from California, it was a very hot day, one I will remember till we see our Savior face to face. We were asked to find our own way home, grant it, we had two vehicles that didn't belong to us with our two weeks worth of luggage in them!
Scrambling to find our way back we were left at the Greyhound Bus Station like castaways! Sitting in that small station, in the heat of the day, we all looked at each other and just praised Him! It was 117 degrees in Blythe, California!
Did I cry?
Did I understand?
Did I know my Savior was in control?
Were people watching?
Genesis 50:20"But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive."
My mind kept thinking that according to His word there is nothing new under the sun, therefore, there is a story similar to mine in His Word. The only story similar to what we were going through that kept jumping in to my head was the story of Joseph and his brothers in which Joseph was abandoned in the desert!
This desert experience in my peas and carrots series is truly one of the best things that has happened in my Christian walk. It opened so many doors for us in business and ministry. Our family had the pleasure of sharing with so many people of all different cultures, and parts of the world. The rich and humble alike! They all need Christ! We met people that loved the Lord and they blessed us. Our new friends were an encouragement to all of us! It opened our eyes to the needs of many out there in the search of life.
Sisters, I share this real life story with you to encourage you to continue in fervency to Him in what He has called you to do. Situations that might arise don't always make sense but trust Him explicitly. Take a breather and remember His promises for they fail not!
Psalm 69:13-15 But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord, in the acceptable time; O God, in the multitude of Your mercy, Hear me in the truth of Your salvation. Deliver me out of the mire, And let me not sink; Let me be delivered from those who hate me, And out of the deep waters. Let not the floodwater overflow me, Nor let the deep swallow me up; and let not the pit shut its mouth on me. Vs. 17 And do not hide Your face from Your servant, For I am in trouble; Hear me speedily."
Close and Personal:
1. Have you been in a situation where you new something was not quite right but chose to ignore it?
2. Have you noticed that our Savior is so patient with us even when we take a wrong turn?
My dear Heavenly Father, I just want to tell you thank you for your many ways of getting our attention and never giving up on us! You are such a kind and loving Savior and Friend. Father may we never forget where we came from and how you kept us from any harm coming to us. Thank you for never abandoning us even when we failed you!