Friday, September 18

Let me tell you about the hand of God

We've dealt with mold. We're dealing with termites. We may have discovered more mold. Taxes from the computer business were mailed but apparently not received, and now we owe money. Chris told me yesterday that he is about to be laid-off from his job in the lab.

As I was driving to the store alone, I started sniffling and asked, "God, are you mad at me or something?" And then I remembered this little video that I'd seen the day before and had to laugh at myself. I repented of my attitude (it won't be the last time) and remembered to be thankful for the many gifts God has given me.

That night, around 2:30 in the morning, I woke up to the sound of whistling. I looked around the room for my whistling children and found no one. Most likely, it was my own nose whistling. Embarrassing.

I couldn't sleep. I felt a burden to pray for Chris, who was working late. Me being paranoid or voice of God? No matter, it doesn't hurt to pray regardless of the source of prompting. So I prayed and went back to sleep almost immediately.

At 3:00, Chris called to tell me he was in the next town over and walking home. He had hit a deer half an hour before. His jeep was trashed, but he was fine. He'd been walking for the last half hour. He thought he could make it, but his steel toed boots were slowing him down. I insisted he NOT walk 10 miles home and went to get him, waking Ethan to tell him where I was going.

I didn't drive more than a minute before I realized I couldn't tell which side of the road I was on. I had forgotten to put on my glasses. I returned home for glasses and as I walked past the girls' room, I smelled something funny. Upon investigation, I discovered their box fan had fallen against their bean bag and the motor was about to blow up. There could have been a fire while I was gone! I called my neighbor to sit with the kids while I was gone and then picked up Chris.

Once Chris was safely in the car with me, I asked him: "Have you wondered if God is mad at you?" and then told him my story.

If I hadn't woken up at 2:30? If I hadn't had to come back for glasses? Not going there. But the God I serve wakes me up for prayer and sends me back for glasses, and I know that He has a plan and purpose that I will not question (for long) even when it involves mold and termites and loss of job.


Jessica said...

jenn, that is truly an amazing story. i've got goosebumps! i've often wondered if god was mad at me or perhaps gotte me confused with someone else--someone more mature, stronger, more able to handle this situation i'm in (like now).

you're right, friend. god always has a plan and it's always perfect, even if we can't see it with our human eyes.

Jenni said...

Wow, Jenn. God truly is good, isn't He? He is always there for us and always takes care of our needs--even when we don't know those needs exist. Continue to put your faith and trust in Him and He will provide.

Nezzy said...

Ya,those split second delays or what we blame as busy forgetfulness can be the hand of God protecting us from life and death situations. I am so happy that everyone is safe despite all the accidents. Love Ya and have a super day!!!

Jennie C. said...

God bless you, Jenn. I love you.

Jenni said...

Okay, I was going to put this on FB, but FB is acting up, so I'm putting it here.
Your song just came on the radio. You know which one. It made me laugh as I thought, "Gee, I wonder if God is trying to tell me to pray for Jenn." Seriously, though, I am praying for you today. Yo, word to your Father. LOL!

Jenn said...

LOL- Thank you, Jenni (and everyone else,) for those prayers! Love you, too, Jennie - thank you!!!

Debbie said...

I am behind in reading the blogs that I have on my Google Reader. Today I was spending some time getting caught up and came to your post. My husband and I have been feeling down today and this post and little video are just what we needed today. God knew when I would need it an orchestrated my schedule so I had time... today!

This post was such an encouragement. God has a plan for my family and for my husband's job, which he absolutely hates, and for our future. We hope to have a family business but have no idea what business to do. We are waiting on God's leading and trying to brainstorm and prepare in the mean time. We desperately want to bring hubby home to work here with us and to have a business our boys can work in instead of working for the world.

Also, will continue praying for your mold situation and now for your hubby's need for a job and the car situation, too.

Jenn said...

Oh, Debbie, I hear ya. I'm emailing you!

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