Sunday, July 26, 2015

When the wheels fall off...

When the wheels fall off in life... we often times want to complain.  
We want to believe that we deserve better than this said inconvenience.  
Our minds want to start piling up the unplanned costs or the lost time. 

But what if the timing of the wheels falling off actually SAVED us from something worse? 

This week, my wheel literally fell off of my car.  Well, it really broke off. 
When I saw what had happened to the car... I became OVERWHELMED... 

with thankfulness. (and laughter) 

You see, I drive my kids 45 minutes one way down the most dangerous road in Zambia to school everyday.  It's full of trucks loading things to and from the Congo.  The condition of the roads are horrific, and we see accidents almost every day. Not fender benders... but take your life accidents. Speed and passing also become so dangerous.  
Each night as we pray, we thank God for a safe journey to and from school, and ask that He provide us with the same the next day. 

So... it just so happened the wheel on my car broke off on the road that Lifesong School is on.  Going slow.  Close to help. Safe

If it had broken off 12 hours earlier... going 100KM/hr... on a road packed with trucks... it very easily would have flipped and possibly ended in an unthinkable way. 

Provision in the broken wheel. 

His protection and love shined bright on our family in that moment of "I'm sorry, did my wheel just fall off?" 

I'm thankful that my eyes were opened to the provision that day.  And let's admit... considering the day before I made a joke that "the wheels are about to fall off" ... I found the situation quite humorous. 

Grumpiness and Gratefulness can't live together in the same heart simultaneously.  
You get to choose. 
Choose what you see. 

Sometimes what seems to be a huge disaster is actually His protection from something unknown to you at that time... 
That He chose to love us in that way... 
and protect us in that way... 
that indescribable love. 
"Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!" 
2 Corinthians 9:15



  1. Proverbs 15:13 - A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.


    What follows repentance and immersion in water? According to the apostle Peter, forgiveness of sins and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit follows repentance and baptism. On the Day of Pentecost Peter preached Jesus as Lord and Savior and then told them to repent and be baptized.

    Acts 2:36-38 "Therefore let the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." 37 Now when they heard this , they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" 38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(NKJV)

    What follows believing that Jesus is Lord and Christ, repentance, and water baptism? The answer is forgiveness of sins and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    Acts 2:38 And Peter replied, "Each one of you must turn from sin, return to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; then you also shall receive this gift, the Holy Spirit.(TLB-The Living Bible)

    What follows repentance and water baptism?
    Acts 2:38........for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (EXB-The Expanded Bible)

    Acts 2:38 that your sins will be forgiven; and you will receive God's gift, the Holy Spirit.(GNT-Good New Translation)

    Acts 2:38......for the remission of sins, and you ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.(KJV)

    Forgiveness from sins and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit follows faith, repentance, and immersion in water.


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