Another crazy week for the Wallace’s! I am so thankful we read Chapters 5 & 6 in Lysa’s book this week. God knew I would need to read those words. He knew I would have a choice to worry or worship.
This week started off with taking Patrick to an orthopedic doctor for his elbow. He was in a lot of pain during his baseball tournament last weekend. The doctor told him no throwing, hitting, or lifting for a couple of weeks. If you know my Patrick, you know that this will be very hard for him. Patrick also has to go to physical therapy for a few weeks. They hope to help him strengthen his arm so that he doesn’t have this problem again later. I am thankful that it is not too serious and that he has people working with him to make him stronger, but the worries about money started creeping in. (How much will all of this cost? How are we going to pay for it all when we just get by now? More bills on top of the one I just got for my CT scan.)
Was I going to worry or worship? I remembered a part that I had just read in Lysa’s book…
“…I do know that Satan hates the radically obedient soul. He hates it when a person jumps off the fence of complacency and into the center of God’s will. There is a spiritual battle raging around us and, because of that, life can be hard.”
Life can be hard, very hard at times, but we have to remember that God is in control. Satan sees the changes in my life. He knows that I am done with sitting on the fence. I am a woman saying “Yes” to God and I am ready for what He has planned for me. I can get through anything as long as I focus on my Heavenly Father. I also have to remember that He works on us through the hard times. He changes us and molds us into who He created us to be. I am reminded of this in Romans 8:28…We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Lysa also talks about this in her book…
“God has a purpose, and His plans to accomplish that purpose are perfect. Trusting God’s good purpose, and seeing to understand that He takes all the events from our life and orchestrates good from them, leads to a changed perspective.”
I got through the day at work and was feeling better about things on my way home but then I ended up in an accident. Can you believe it? I haven’t been in an accident in almost 20 years! It was my fault. There was a lot of traffic and someone up in front slammed on their brakes. Well I slammed on mine, but wasn’t able to stop in time. There was minor damage to both our vehicles but I was thankful that no one was hurt.
My first reaction was…Really? Did this really just happen? Wow, Satan must really want to distract me and stop me from following God’s will. God must have great plans for me!
Not the typical reaction to having an accident, but the time waiting after the accident wasn’t typical either. I met a sweet girl that was on campus for an interview. We talked about our families and plans. We even ended up hugging each other before we left. Am I happy that I had the accident? No, but it could have been so much worse and I see now that I am truly under attack and have to be ready for the fight.
Yes, this week was a tough one for me and my family, but I know we can get through anything with God on our side. Things are going to happen, our lives will be interrupted, but I choose to worship. How about you?
Just remember Romans 5:3…We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Blessings to You,