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Giving Thanks for a Stroke

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Genesis 45:4-8a “Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God.” 

 

We had just arrived at our New Year’s brunch destination when my sister called to inform us that our brother-in-law had a stroke and had been admitted to the hospital.

You may have received one of these drop-to-your-knees-and-pray phone calls at some point in your life, also. And, hopefully, it was followed a little later by another one saying that your loved one was doing fine—a full recovery expected.

However, in this case, after hearing that good news, further testing detected a serious heart problem.

We prayed, of course, about this new health-related difficulty, but we also had cause for praise and Thanksgiving for the stroke. Without it, the heart complication might not have been diagnosed—until it was too late.

So, the silver lining to the cloud is that now my brother-in-law can see a specialist and perhaps undergo life-saving surgery.

Genesis tells the story of Joseph’s brothers. They sold him into slavery, but he found favor in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the end his father and brothers were allowed to settle in Goshen and avoid the devastating effects of a severe famine. The brothers had evil intentions that guided their actions, but God used their actions to put Joseph in a position to save many lives.

Be encouraged today. The situation you now find yourself in—the health scare, the misunderstanding among friends, the financial setback—may be a blessing in disguise.

Our Heavenly Father, our Healer, our friend knows our present and future needs and is able to supply them in accordance with His will.

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Safe Travels

 

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Jeremiah 17:7- “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.”

 

My husband likes to watch old cowboy movies. Often, there are episodes involving a wagon train crossing the country. With no way to know the conditions “up ahead” a scout is often sent out in front. His job is to look for impeding dangers, including the possibility of an ambush, and report back to the head trail master.

Many a movie plot hangs on the very outcome of such information—and the action taken by the brave men in the wagon party.

Wouldn’t it be nice if, in our everyday lives, someone would walk the road ahead of us and let us know of coming dangers? Someone we have complete confidence in? A person we trust to steer us clear of possible complications?

Wouldn’t it make life easier? Diminish our worries? Give us a certain degree of relief?

Wouldn’t we be more confident of our future if we knew for sure what tomorrow would bring?

Choosing the right person for the job would be key.

When we put our trust in God, we know the blessing that we are in the right place at the right time. That doesn’t mean we will be free from the dangers of this life, but it does mean that we are on the path that He has preplanned for us to travel…

The one that is filled with God’s greatest blessing for us.

The one in which He has chosen to reveal himself to us…

The one in which we can be of the most help to others…

Where we will learn the lessons He has for us as we travel homeward.

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The Cup

Luke 22:42 (NIV) “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

From the standpoint of a human being, the prayer Jesus prayed in the garden prior to His crucifixion was very understandable. He knew the pain and anguish He was about to suffer. He prayed that God would spare Him.

What about you? Have you ever prayed that God would spare you from some physical illness, uncomfortable confrontation, or punishment of some kind?

Maybe the pain or embarrassment was just too much to bear, so you asked God to somehow change or correct the situation so that you wouldn’t have to endure it. But, had you considered that there might be some good that might come out of your suffering? That maybe God would use its outcome for your best interest or to teach someone else as they listen to your story?

Jesus knew that it would only be by His death and resurrection that God’s plan of redemption for mankind could take place. He prayed that He would not have to drink of the cup God had prepared for him, but He also knew that we needed to be forgiven—made right with God—so He deferred to God’s will.

We each may very well have a cup to drink. Although our life situations may be different, it is only as we bow to God’s will that we can realize the blessing He has for us. He is able to turn your suffering into rejoicing as you come to Him.

Someone’s cup may be the death of a treasured friend. For another, it might be the unfaithfulness of a spouse. Still others may face caring for a child with a terminal illness.

Whatever it is, we can know this: our Savior knows our pain. He loves us so much that He drank the cup of crucifixion for us. But the good news is that God turned His suffering into rejoicing as He raised Him from the grave, victorious over death.

As God turned Jesus’ cup into the salvation for all men who will come to Him, He is fully capable of turning your cup into something good for you and those you love.

Brenda

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