Monday, September 14, 2009

Much more than we ask for.......

A few days ago my little sister read my Blog, "For my own good". She was reading it while we talked on the phone. I held my breath waiting for a comment, then my breath holding turned into laughing. Why? Because I was anticipating her getting to the part that I tell "Where" my check was found. She would stop reading here and there and say, "What's so funny?" "You'll see." I said. Then, the biggest and longest laugh come out of her. It was such a fun time sharing that with her, it made me think of other fun times I have had with her.

A time that comes to mind: about 7 years ago we were coming back form "Indy".
We had spent the day at the race, we both love racing.
Well on the way home my car started "knocking". I knew it didn't sound good, but we only had about 20 miles to go.

We drove through Germantown, right past a gas station. I said to her, "you think we should stop here?"
She said it was up to me. Well, my thinking was, "What could they do?" "Nothing."
So, I said I think we can make it.

I could tell the look on her face was, "Oh, Lord."
We turned onto RT4, toward home. There was something comforting about being on Rt4, home was in my sights.
Then, it started "Knocking" really bad, and now, it was also loosing power.
I was trying to make it as far as I could, so I just kept the gas pushed as far to the floor as I could.
I thought, well the farther I get, the less we have to walk.

Then it happened, my car died. I turned and looked toward my sister and said, "It's okay, the Lord will take care of us!"
I knew it would take a few hours, at least, to walk to my house, but we would get there.

We were almost at the top of a hill on RT4, my car hadn't even came to a complete stop yet. Coming up, over the top of the hill, toward us, was a "tow-truck".
With my car still rolling, I stuck my hand out the window and flagged the driver down.
The "tow-truck" did a u-turn in the middle of the street and backed up to my now stopped car.
He gets out, and walks over to us and I told him what was going on and could he tow us home?
My sister just had this look of amazement on her face, I'm sure I did too.
When my car started acting up, I just asked the Lord to help us get home safe.
Maybe walking wasn't safe that day?

The Lord showed me that He is ready to give us much more than what we ask for.
My sister, I'm sure He answered her prayers that day too.
What a fun time we had that day.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

for my own good........

Ever misplace something and no matter how hard you looked you couldn't find it,
only to find it in the most unusual place?
This happened to me, just this past week.
I went shopping with a friend of mine, we were gone all day long. While we were out, we stopped to pick up my check, from work.

Her husband was out of town, so I didn't drop her off at home until 11pm. Talk about "shop till you drop", I was more than tired.

I told my friend, when I left her house, that I was going to stop by the "Jennie" to put my check in the bank. She asked me not to, because it was too late, and "someone might get me". I said okay, and started my drive home.
After getting home, I decided I was going to take my check to the "Jennie".
"I'll be fine, I have done this 100 times before", I said to myself.
Going out to my car, I couldn't find my check, "Where is it?"
So, I went back inside my house to look for it, no where!
After looking in my car and house for over an hour, I e-mailed my friend and told her "I have lost my check, and I'm going to look in the store parking lots and your driveway."
Why did I e-mail her? Well, I thought when she woke up she would look for it in her yard, plus, I just needed to tell someone, by this time its 12:30.

I get in my car and head toward her house, they live about 15 minutes away.
Halfway to her house, she called and asked, "where are you, and have you found it?"
I told her I was on my way to look in her driveway, she had already looked and said she would meet me at one of the stores we had been to earlier that day.
My thinking was that it must have blown out of the car.

We drove our cars to all the stores we had shopped that day. my check....... no where to be found.

She said we should go back to her house, and go through my car really well.

Now, not only have I lost my check, but my car is on empty, my gauge was on orange.

"I can't believe I have done something so stupid" I kept saying to myself.
My friend kept reassuring me, "It's okay, everyone has done it".

I was SO ready to cry, but I had just told one of my friends, just that day, "the Lord has always taken care of me." So, I kept saying that to myself.
Well, to be honest, I'm not sure if I cried or not. Heres what happened; My eyes filled with tears, but I wouldn't blink because the tears would have started rolling, and once they start........well, you know how it is.

So, heres a rundown of the check is lost, my car is out of gas AND
my friend, who I was with all day is now trying to help me find my check with 8 stitches in her mouth, from a surgery she had that morning.

"What else could go wrong?", I thought. Just that minute, I felt a bug crawling on my upper chest area. I went to scratch and knock off what ever it was
crawling around. When I did, I was so embarrassed, the case was solved, it wasn't a bug, it was my check, folded up.

All I could say was, "Oh my gosh, you're going to kill me!" "What, what?", she said.
I had to tell her I had found my check, and where I had found it.
I was expecting for her to be a little ticked off. Her reaction?
She ran over to me, hugged me and said, "Thank God you found it."

The funny thing is, if I would have listened to my friend and not tried to go to the "Jennie", it would have "fallen out" when I got undressed.

Not only did my actions put me in danger, but they also put my friend in danger. But when I found it, she was as happy, if not more, as I was.

This reminds me of God telling Adam not to eat of the "Tree of knowledge",(Genesis 2:16-17 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.")

this was for their own good. And because they didn't obey everyone who has lived since, has suffered because of their "thinking" they knew better than God.........Just like I "thought" I knew more than my friend, she was just trying to protect me, just like God was doing with Adam.

My friend is no God, but what she was telling me, was for my own good.