“What looked like a setback was really a setup for God to do something greater in Paul’s life.” – Excerpt from Joel Osteen’s book You Can. You Will. (c) 2014
Do you ever feel like you are taking one step forward and two steps backward? You get the bills all caught up and then the car breaks down. You overcome a bad cold to then get the flu. You lose 5 pounds and then something stressful occurs and you snack away your sorrow! These are all setbacks. Some of them are in our control; some are not.
But no matter what – God is still in control – whether we are forging along and making great strides OR taking steps that make you feel like you have a setback.
Sometimes God uses our setbacks to wake us up and cause us to look to Him; to fall flat on our backs so we are looking up to the heavens; to surrender control and look to Him for strength. Don’t look at what we refer to as SETBACKS in a negative way but rather look at them as SETUPS for God to do something great in our lives.
In Romans 8:28, Pauls says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Everything is used by God for good for those who love Him. He has given us free will to make choices. If we choose wrong, he doesn’t “control” that choice. We suffer consequences from wrong choices. However, God will work something good out of those bad choices so that He will be glorified in some way.
So the next time you have an urge to whine about the SETBACKS, make yourself stop, smile and think about how God is using those as SETUPS for greater things! You might as well smile…………He is!
“Put your hands in the air and wave ’em like you just don’t care.”
That’s a line from a funny scene in the movie, Grown Ups 2 with Adam Sandler and Kevin James. Shaquille O’Neal plays a police officer in the movie and plays a trick on the group and pulls a gun on them and tells them to put their hands in the air.
Very concerned they all do this as told and then while the group is standing in a parking lot, grocery bags in hand, hands over their heads, Shaq says “and wave them like you just don’t care” and then they all breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy a laugh together.
There are a lot of reasons we put our hands in the air: cheering, playing sports, waving, dancing, climbing and praising Jesus – just to name a few.
I Timothy 2:8 says “I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.”
I wish our government could take this verse to heart. Instead of hands being lifted in anger and fingers pointing in accusations and dispute, I just wish both sides of the aisle would lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing but rather with love and unity.
I don’t get political in my blogs and I’m not going to change that now, but I do ask you to join me in praying specifically for our country and its leaders from the smallest of local councils to the highest office in the land that all will raise their hands in prayer without anger and dispute and praise the name of Jesus.
Forgive us, Lord and continue to bless this great land we call America.
What a great few days I’ve had on this Year of 55 week.
I’ve decided my word for the year will be PEACE.
As I was heading to a friend’s house to deliver dinner to her and her family, I experienced that PEACE.
I looked to the right and saw them. Grazing in the field.
Four beautiful deer.
I stopped right there on that county road. No one in front of me. No one behind me.
I backed up a few feet to meet them – eye to eye.
I rolled down the window and pulled out my phone and they posed. Yes, it looked like they actually posed for the pictures. Not a worry in the world. Just a look. A smile. And then back to enjoying each other’s company.
I probably sat there for 2-3 minutes just watching them. In silence. Experiencing peace.
But a day of peace in the Year of 55.
It was a great way to start the week that included a relaxing massage and a long overdue lunch with an old friend.
It’s only day eight but God has already filled my start of the Year of 55 with a lot of peace.
Relaxing. Intentional. God-inspired. Peace.
I hope you can find the peace that God has waiting for you. It’s there. You just have to look around. Search for it. You may just find it face to face… staring back at you…through the eyes of a couple “deer” friends. 🙂