This fire on January 25/26th hit very close to home. It was virtually a “where do we go from here” frame of mind. God used this awful circumstance to help change attitudes and minds and hearts in the way Darlene and I do things. As I watched the smoldering at first, then later on the following morning the licking flames threatening to engulf the entire block. We stood across the street, praying, holding hands and praising God in this “storm” We were at peace somehow. (some people call it shock)
God had a special lesson for us to learn through this…
1) TRUST HIM!
2) Seek His face ALWAYS!
Yesterday’s message on our reader board was “Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.” Proverbs 18:12. A message later on today I got via text was “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” Proverbs 18:10… hmmmm
Pretty much the context of that passage from verses 10 through 20 say that, (Paraphrase)”Don’t elevate your status because you CAN BE knocked down. If you do something because you think God wants you to do it, you are mistaken because you are not putting God in that equation.” and a bunch of other juicy tidbits. God is always trying to talk to us, but we are too busy to listen. Sometimes God uses these bad, awful things to bring you to a realization that you can not do it WITHOUT HIM! As we walked into the bookstore this morning after taking a nap, we looked around, nothing damaged, no super bad odor, and we sat down and wept. We remembered all the times when we didn’t have money to pay rent, utilities threatening to get shut off, water damage at the old store, eviction notices, and the list goes on. We are almost 2 years old, as we realized that the hand of God is on this place. For HIS Glory…
HUMBLE YOURSELF IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD AND HE WILL LIFT YOU UP!!!