This could take while so if you need to go get your coffee, tea or cherry vanilla diet Dr. Pepper go for it. I have had a very interesting week. God answered me, just not in the way I thought He would.
One thing I have come to realize is that sometimes after we have prayed and have the answer and are all set on doing what we have been lead to do, God may throw in a little curve ball just to make sure He truly has our attention. That happened to me this week. I won't go into all the details but God confirmed in my heart what I was suppose to do, then BAM a little curve ball. Of course this made me sit back and rethink the situation. You know, was it me, was it God? Am I sure that is what I am suppose to do? ARGH! Now what? To be honest I had no clue. I was really upset. Then God sent three angels with three messages. You do realize that angels walk among us? Some we see and some we don't. These three angels were men that God used to help me realize several things. They each had a message for me.
The first angel came to me Friday afternoon with an envelope. In the envelope was a card and a gift card. Both very unexpected. As nice as the gift card was it was the hand written message in the card that meant the most. It said that I was valued and appreciated. Then it dawned on me whenever I was in a situation that I was feeling very unappreciated by a certain critical person this angel would show up right after and make everything all right.
The second and third angels came today. Our church is having a mission week so our Sunday School class had a visiting missionary come speak. He is from Ethiopia and is wonderful. One thing about preachers from other countries they do not try to make everything nice and rosy, they tell it like it is and kick your booty into the real world. Anyway, he taught the truth. But he also confirmed so many things in my heart! It was like God was saying " yes Elaine, you are on the right track, stay faithful, I am right here." He also spoke about the fact that God gave everyone of us a purpose. It is up to us to discover what that purpose is and use it. He said people who discover their purpose and never use it will never know true joy. More about this angel in a bit.
The third angel was a guest missionary preacher in worship. First of all we had people coming in at the beginning of service carrying flags from many nations. I don't mind saying when the S. Korea flag and the Vietnam flag go by my heart jumps and I get all teary eyed. Then when the Christian flag and the American flag go by, well that is all she wrote! Here comes the tears. I have daughters from S. Korea and Vietnam and I have a son who vowed to fight for our freedom, so if the waterworks go so be it!
Anyway the preacher again kicked some much needed booty and told stories of children in other countries that would make your blood curl. Then he asked "what are you going to do about it?" Again, we can all do something! Give money, pray, serve... All of these things are important. You need too spend time with God too know what that is. After he was through with his message he asked everyone who felt called too do one of the above in a mission capacity to come down front. Without any hesitation, my husband took my hand and we walked to the front, I am happy to say with a lot of others who felt lead. It was a defining moment for my husband and I. We know, that we know, that we know.
Back to angel number 2. Some of our community took him and his wonderful family to lunch. We had a wonderful time. After everyone left I was talking to a friend and her son, while her husband was speaking to this missionary. Afterwards my daughter and I went up to him to tell him how much we enjoyed him and his family. He took my hand looked directly into my eyes and said "you have a personality that makes people feel very comfortable, you make us feel like we have always known you." I was shocked and humbled. Here I walked up to him to tell him how wonderful I thought his message was and he says this to me. Then he says "you have a kind heart and your heart will link many people together." gulp. I just looked at him and shook his hand which he had held this whole time and said "thank you so much." Then his wife came up to me and she was so sweet and basically was agreeing with him.
Why do I share this? It is not to toot my own horn. Don't you see? This is totally and completely about God. How when we think we are at the end of our rope and can't take anymore, or move on, or we are not sure, when we are down to our last mustard seed of faith, He will be there. He may show us He is there through people He brings into our lives, a sermon, a verse from the bible a song or a dream. However it may be we have to be looking with our heart. Believe it or not there are times our heart hears and sees better than our eyes or ears.
So too answer the question from the previous post. The Spirit will win.
I want to say thank you God for the three angles you put in my life this week. Watch over them and bless them. And Lord thank you for not giving up on me even when I have given up on myself.
Have a blessed week!
Like cold water to a weary soul, is good news from a distant land. Proverbs 25:25