BUT THEN, GOD…
October 06, 2021
Prayer: Dear Lord, sometimes the words that come out of my mouth, the actions I take, and the intents of my heart are not mutually synonymous. I try to convince myself that I have faith, but then You step in and show me how faithful You are and how much more faith I need. Help me to always be humble and thankful for Your faithfulness to me even when I cannot see clearly. Amen
Scripture: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb. 11:1 KJV
Have you ever been in a situation where you just start going through the motions to accomplish a task? You aren’t really sure how to go about the thing, but you say a little prayer to the Lord for the wisdom you need to navigate the unknown? Where then, does faith come into play?
Recently my husband, John, needed a new front facia for our car. He had searched for a vendor and made an online purchase. When the large, bulky part arrived, he unwrapped it only to discover it was the wrong facia. We then initiated a return. Since it was our mistake, we were going to have to pay the return shipping fee. We went to three carriers only to discover the package was too big for the small shipping sites to handle, and we would have to go through a freight shipping company. After calling two freight carriers, we discovered this was going to be a costly mistake.
We needed help and decided to call the seller directly rather than rely on the second party web vendor. Calling from John’s phone, I explained the shipping mess we were experiencing. Then my phone rang. It was a friend who works for a shipping carrier that I had messaged to see if she could advise. As I began talking to her, I passed the other call on to John. When I returned, I heard him say, “So you are going to refund the price of the bumper to my account and we don’t need to return it to you?”
Wait, what in the world just happened?
After receiving some additional information to order the correct part from the vendor, John thanked the man on the other end of the call. He looked at me, smiled and said, “It has been taken care of.”
I was thankful but dumbstruck. The problem was resolved and it wasn’t going to cost us any shipping. Seeing my disbelief, John added, “That was God reminding me from our morning devotion that I can trust Him because He is my refuge (Psalm 91:1-2), and He is strengthening my faith. It was a problem, but then God showed up.”
Isn’t that what faith is, God showing up and putting substance to what we cannot see? I didn’t expect this to happen. I had faith that we would find a way, however, not without additional financial cost and hassle, but then God showed His faithfulness. He took what I could not see through and made the substance of my faith real and tangible. I was reminded that we should not live our lives thinking that God only shows up by surprise or when we least expect Him to. He is always there. He is always ready to help. He always seeks to make our faith real. But then isn’t this the way we should live daily, walking by faith and not by sight?
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