So she tried to get her seat back but the person would not relocate. Refusing to pick a fight, she collected her money and got another bus. Later, the bus took off.
The bus she boarded followed afterwards. On their way they met an ghastly motor accident involving a bus which looked like the one she abandoned. Getting closer, she found out that it was actually the bus and the only dead person was actually the lady who sat on the seat she was supposed to sit on earlier.
Expectedly, she was full of praises to God for not insisting on sitting on that seat that was taken by someone else.
This is just one instance where God has saved you and I from unpleasant occurrences. It does not mean that the lady who died was worse than Angelina. The fact is God chooses who soever He chooses to have mercy on. That is one reason why we have to pray without ceasing.
For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on
whom I will have mercy, and I will have
compassion on whom I will have compassion – Romans 9:15
He has used all sorts of barriers and actions – minor accidents, sickness, loss of jobs, disappointments, quarrels, discomforts and much more – to either help and safe us from sorrow and regret, or to take us to higher levels without us understanding His motive at first.
I read of a man who missed his flight as a result of a stomach upset. Not too long after, news had it that the plane crashed. Everybody died.
In another instance, a lady was fired at work. From her little savings, she started a catering business when she could not get another job. Today, she’s thanking God for that sack. She’s now a multi-millionaire.
One of my best Bible stories is how Joseph had to be sold by his brothers and imprisoned just to become a Governor in Egypt (from Gen 39). One might have pitied him for what he was going through. But God knew what He was doing 🙂 He must have seemed wicked at first, but…
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD – Isa 55:8
There are so many similar stories. I am sure you have some to share too.
In my own journey through life, I cannot count how many times I have had to thank God for an unpleasant event that happened which eventually turned out to be blessings in disguise.
One fact is certain though, unpleasant events are bitter pills to swallow. Its hard to accept a job loss as having any positive thing behind it. What one sees is hunger and suffering about to creep into one’s life. Its hard to accept a severe stomach upset when one is about to board a flight for a very important journey or about to leave home for a job interview. I guess Joseph was in a pitiable situation when he was sold and later imprisoned (from Gen 39). But God, with His pure heart, unmatchable wisdom and foresight, knew there was a beautiful light waiting at the end of the dark tunnel. In all, He sees and knows the end of every step even before the step is taken.
What I always recommend is a DELIBERATE AND TOTAL SURRENDER to the wishes of God for all of our life’s undertakings. It involves actually telling God that His wishes and decisions superseded ours. God knows our lives inside out. He knows what is best for us. He knows our present and our future; and since He is NOT WICKED, then I think it is very safe and wise to hand over our lives and all our undertakings over to Him.
So, for me and my family, one more time I am saying, LORD, have your way….
What do you think ?
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