A Word Fitly Spoken

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

Proverbs 25:11

For the last couple of weeks I have been debating about what to do about transportation. My car hit 300,000 miles, so I was faced with the dilemma of keep it going or get another car. I found a couple of cars that might work, but the price was a little more than I really wanted to pay. I also was just at the point in my budget where I actually could cover my current bills and set up payments to take care of an outstanding bill. A car payment would just put me into the same old mess. When the credit union wouldn’t loan me the money, I decided that I should just keep my old car running by making a few repairs, pay off the bill, and try to start saving for at least a down payment. On Monday the car broke down on the way home, leaving me stranded on the side of the road despite having repairs done. I was beginning to think I had made the wrong decision.

As I contemplated trying to get a loan through the dealership, I was praying for guidance. All day long I kept running into the same idea: Trust God. First, my devotional reading two days in a row were as follows:

He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.

Psalms 112:7

The writer was talking about if we had confidence in God’s provision, then our lives would be so different. When we get bad news, we shouldn’t be afraid if we trust in God to handle the situation. The next day the scripture reading was as follows:

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Hebrews 13:5-6

The author wrote about a warning light on her car and a repair that didn’t fit into her budget. She noted that earlier that same week God had turned a mistake into a perfectly timed solution. It was so on point to my situation that it stunned me although we should never be surprised when God answers us so clearly.

Another book I was reading talked about how they had prayed for this piece of equipment for 18 months with no way to pay for it. Then, God had it donated to them, and the person said he had put the item in storage 18 months ago. God had prepared the answer for the perfect time without them having to worry about cost. They just had to be patient and wait on God’s timing.

Then, I saw a Dave Ramsey Instagram post about no car payment being the best thing.

Then, I scrolled through and saw this:

I decided to wait 6 months to a year to save up money for another car and to pay off the other bill. Since then, through a couple of circumstances, a couple of things were taken off my budget and a couple of opportunities for extra work have popped up.  God will provide a way for us, but sometimes we have to be willing to wait and deal with minor inconveniences in order to grow our faith.

Since I made the decision to wait, God sent me some small blessings as a reminder that He has not forgotten me. I was blessed with a replacement for a 2nd monitor that went out, which makes my writing tasks easier. I also had waited to buy some hand lettering supplies that finally came today. He even sent a funny turkey running across a side road to give me a laugh this morning. God will show us the answers to our questions if we are open to receiving it and wait with patience on the answer.

What are you waiting on? Look around because the answer may be closer than you realized, and it may come from unusual sources, possibly a turkey. You just never know.

Road Blocks and Obstacles

Road ClosedRunning into road blocks, road construction, or other unknown obstacles make me irritable. Have you ever considered that God places irritating obstacles in our path for a reason? For instance, I had made plans to finish an outline I was working on by a certain date, but during that week my work load increased exponentially. I was later getting home every day and too tired to do anything besides eat dinner and start getting ready for bed. I felt frustrated that I wasn’t able to reach my goal. That weekend I went to a seminar that changed my approach to the project. The outline I was planning led in the wrong direction.

In Genesis 12, God told Abram to leave his home country to a place unknown to Abram. It was by faith that Abraham walked into the unknown, but he didn’t go alone. God went before him and made a way for him. God already had a plan made out and knew exactly where Abraham needed to be. There were obstacles along the way, but God used them to direct Abraham to the right place at the right time. Abram was probably tempted to stop in several different places along the way, but God used incidents to keep him moving. For example, when they went into Egypt because of the famine, God used a run-in with the pharaoh to push him forward instead of lingering. God even used a multitude of riches and a conflict with Lot to move Abram even further south until he was exactly in the land God had set aside for him. Many of the places he had journeyed through seemed good, but God wanted to give him the best.

DirectionsWhen we run into obstacles, often it is because we are headed in the wrong direction or are tempted to settle in a place that is comfortable but short of God’s plan for us. Our plans are not always God’s plans. Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” We have to trust that God only wants the best for us, so his plan has to be better. When we quit struggling to make our plans work and follow His leading, we will find joy and contentment that we never dreamed possible.