All Things Work Together for Good

“‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’  says the LORD.”  Isaiah 55:8

Some things in life are very frustrating.  A current frustration in my life has to do with a vehicle being out-of-commission.  My husband’s pickup has come up with an unidentified electrical problem.  He thought that it had to do with the alternator, but replacing it didn’t fix the problem.  Now it is in the shop, and all that has been verified is that the problem is not with the alternator!

Because my husband needed my vehicle to make his 120 mile (round trip) commute to work, I was without a vehicle for three days last week.  Of course, I didn’t have a chance to plan ahead for those days.  😉  Then, we thought the problem was fixed over the weekend, so DH took his own vehicle to work on Monday.  He didn’t make it all the way to work before he had to call me to go rescue him.  Another fix was tried (in a grocery store parking lot!) and didn’t work.  We were able to jump-start his car so that I could follow him to the mechanic and then take him the rest of the way to work.  I then had a few hours to drive many miles to run the most important errands before going back to pick him up.  Now here it is Wednesday evening, the mechanic has let him know that they haven’t yet found the problem, and I am still without a vehicle.

Another frustration has to do with homeschooling.  We use the BJU Press Distance Learning curriculum, and we are currently in the last year of receiving the video lessons via satellite.  I record all of the lessons so that we can reuse them for younger children.  Well, we had several days of high wind that blew our satellite dish out of alignment, so I’ve had several days of not getting the classes.   While I can get them from friends or pay to get replacement recordings, it’s a royal pain and the cost adds up.  Last night DH and some of the boys got up on the roof in the dark to try to fix the problem, and just ran into one problem after another.  DH won’t be able to get back to it again until tomorrow, so we’re just missing more and more classes.

Humanly speaking, it would be very easy for these things to stress me out.  However, I am learning that the Lord has reasons for things that I cannot see.  Rather than stress about these frustrations, I am choosing to relax and know that the Lord is in control.

When I step back and look at the big picture, I recognize that these are really very minor things.  There are much more important things to be concerned about, and my life is really rather easy in comparison with that of many other people.   How easy it is to get caught up in the frustrations of the little things and let them cause us stress!    It is much better to sit back and realize that “ALL things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

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