Good Day! It’s Throwback Thursday!
Before I begin…. I want to update you on Day Four & Five!
I’ve been in serious pain over the last few days due to a toothache! What is so ironic is this pain I have originally was intermittent and I felt as though I had time to tend to it.. HOWEVER since July 31st it has been a steady issue. Do you think that this is a coincidence? Well some could say that it was bound to happen considering the underlying issue was there already and others might say well that it seems suspicious that all of sudden the pain wants to now go full throttle almost to the point of being debilitating. My answer? Well I think it is a little of both. Trouble is germane to our human experience. The Word of God says, “A man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble” (Job 14:1, KJV). Trouble is bound to beset us simply because we were born into it! The surprising thing about it is we don’t usually prepare or expect it! Often times, we are shocked when trouble finds us especially when we’ve decided to obey the Lord. It escapes us that this “new found” trouble is always lurking around every corner and we should be prepared. Now I am in no way suggesting that you live a life of paranoia. What I am saying is the life we are given to live in accordance to the bounds & limitations set by the Lord will NEVER be without “trouble” – obstacles, challenges, issues, problems. Our life is lived in cycles, we win some and we lose some or we laugh some and we cry some — Ecclesiastes 3
3 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?
So the Word of God let’s us know that we are going to experience some type of trouble during our life time and we should never let this stop us! We need to get up dust ourselves off and get back on the Narrow road of our Salvation. When we do, we will find out that there is something that we must learn on our journey and someone else to encourage along the way!
Please enjoy this entry from my blog: Down the Rabbit Hole
The Color of Trouble
Trouble has different hues. When we see the cloud trouble from afar it’s a bit silver. We have so much hope and inspiration for others who are going through. Have you ever heard of the saying, “Every cloud has a silver lining”? I once believed whoever made that up was looking across the way at a neighbor’s cloud of trouble… When the daunting cloud of trouble touches a friend or not so close family member that lining gets a bit darker. It’s no longer silver but a sort of gray. We send our love and encouraging words however deep down inside we are glad that we are not going through that particular trial or tribulation. We say things like — “God doesn’t allow more than we can bear” or “I will keep you in my thoughts & prayers” and we do pray for those that we see in distress and believe God for their situation to be resolved. Finally when the dark cloud of trouble touches our own doorstep, we only see black. Somehow we forget how we witnessed miraculous healings, breakthroughs & recovery that only God could & would do. The cloud trouble at our door seems to be so thick that we even question whether our prayers were able to get through it or if God is even paying attention to our situation. Our memory fades us from the last time when God delivered us from a trying situation or of His promise that He would never leave us nor forsake us. God often instructed the children of Israel to build monuments to remind them and their children when He delivered them out of whatever trouble. A monument serves as a visible reminder of God’s faithfulness and His ability to rescue us in a time of need. Can you think of a time when God rescued you from a situation? You thought that this was it— the end — no recovery from this. You might even have gotten a couple of bumps and bruises or even a fracture BUT God did come through for you some kind of way. Can you remember?
Can you remember when you cooked your last meal and wondered where your next meal was coming from? God sent a concerned person your way and that person sincerely asked if you needed anything and you shared your situation. Can you remember that concerned person buying enough food that lasted a few weeks. Can you remember when you were down to your last dollar and God told you to ask help from someone you didn’t really have a great relationship with? That person GAVE you money that supplied the need. Can you remember crying out to the Lord and asking for HELP?!? He sent a stranger to give you a Word of Wisdom & encouragement?
Can you remember?
Life is cyclical, meaning that life situations or troubles are repeated in cycles or seasons. There is a time for EVERYTHING. So if you haven’t had a trying experience — live long enough and you will have several. When you find yourself going through a cloud of trouble remember those times when God delivered you out of it but most importantly when you find yourself witnessing someone else’s cloud of trouble seek the Father on how you can help that person… Be a blessing in someone elses cloud of trouble.
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Until Next Time…
VMarie aka Thr33