Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.(Proverbs 27:1 NASB)
Have you ever taken the time to ponder all that can transpire within the span of a day? Recently, as I began to reflect on my yesterdays, I was reminded how quickly one’s plans can be shifted and dreams even be shattered. It is surreal to think of all that can emerge in a brief matter of time.
Within a 24 hour period, a life can be transformed, a path redirected, and a tragedy dispensed. These moments can influence such individuals to be conformed by the day’s arrivals, or transformed by what God desires to accomplish through them.
A day sometimes brings moments that will both encourage and inspire persons in their journeys. Yet, a day may also present moments which will alter our life courses within seconds of time. A day will distribute not only sunshine and cloudy skies, but births and losses as well. However with certainty, a day will always be held by the powerful hand of God, and nothing within its time, will ever take place apart from His sovereign rule.
A New Journey Appointed
I was reared in a small town in Northwest Alabama. My adolescent years awarded many fun times and special memories. However later on in life, as a young wife and mother, such moments would be interrupted within a matter of minutes. A time-out would be called and a new season would soon arrive.
It was April 27, 1990, a day that will forever be engraved in my mind. As the sun came up on this particular morning, routines were carried out as usual, while new plans were executed. However in the midst of a busy daybreak, no one could have ever imagined what lay ahead for a 23 year old mom and her two children. A new journey was soon to be appointed, an uncertain voyage, which would overwhelm a young mother’s heart.
On this particular day, my husband awoke and left for work, as he did every morning. Yet hours later, what started out to be a normal day quickly took a turn for the worse. I found myself sitting in a room in a local hospital, receiving the news of my husband’s death. He had been electrocuted and killed instantly on his job site.
Family members began to enter the room, trying to console, and attempting to embrace. Yet all I wanted to do was to see my husband. Finally, after time with the doctor, family and friends, I was given permission to enter a room where he lay.
As I approached his lifeless body, fear took hold, as I fell into his arms with a heart breaking. “God, what am I going to do? I was a stay at home mom with no college education and the next step would be uncertain, to say the least. However, God was faithful! He never once left my side, as a single mom, nor my children’s side, though fatherless. He took hold of our hands, while providing, protecting and guiding our every step.
Years later, twenty-seven to be precise, the single’s pastor at my church in Dallas, called a special meeting to discuss a new Sunday school class for single moms, one which I had been asked to teach. That special meeting was called on April 27th, the very day my husband had been killed, years prior.
Never did I dream in 1990, as I faced a tragedy no wife wants to encounter, that God would use it years later to help others. But that is who God is. He brings healing to our lives and then takes the affliction we thought would break us to help others who are facing the same circumstance.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, (4) who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NASB)
The very thing we fear will destroy us can be the precise tool God will use to conform us to His likeness. Instead of allowing your trial to mold you in it, allow the Holy Spirit to shape you through it.
What are you facing currently? What trying times have come to your life that beg to control your very being? May I say to you today, God sees you and will never forsake you. He is working even now on your behalf. While you only see the pain, God always sees the purpose. Rick Warren said it best: “Your greatest ministry will likely come from your deepest pain.” Remember, God loves you and has a plan for your life. Keep trusting Him always, no matter what a day may bring.
My Sweet Family! God is Faithful!