|Which of Will & Abby's toys should I play with?|
This brought to light how God’s hand was working in the cooler weather, something that I along with many, I assume, hadn’t thought of. Several days before, I initially complained about the colder than normal temperatures. I wanted to see the flowers coming up with the remnant of the snow at last disappearing. I was thinking about myself instead of the plight of those in the lower flood plain. In retrospect, I feel a little foolish and ashamed that my eyes were not looking at the needs of so many others, with the potential loss of homes and the dangers that floods can create. Just 4 years ago when we as a family were back at my hometown of Jackson, Minnesota, Winona had a flash flood that took several lives, and many homes were destroyed and washed away as well. Our house was not touched while our neighbors home had a river of water running through it. A short distance from our home, the local road was washed out taking several lives with it. Farms were destroyed and people lost their cars, machinery and homes as well.
Where do we put our security? Is our faith sometimes tried to the breaking point? For some in a crisis, their whole life’s work is gone in an instant. For others, it may be the loss of a family member or perhaps their home. It makes me think, where do I place my trust? Is it in my surroundings or in something that cannot be destroyed by earthly calamities? For many in life, that time will occur in some unknown situation or circumstance. During these events, we sometimes ask, “Does God really care, is he listening to my prayers? Why is this happening, doesn’t he want me to be happy like my friends? If that is the case, why did this happen to me?”
|Abby and Anne enjoying the day at the carousel|
|Unusual rock setting in our woods.|
Several things transpired throughout this unusual incident. A baby was reborn back to its mother. A witch doctor came to accept Christ, as did many onlookers, and not to say the least, the missionary had his life spared in the process. God had answered the missionary’s earlier prayers that those before him would come to accept Christ. It made me think when hearing this, if the missionary would have realized before hand how God would have chose to save these people, perhaps then he might have had second thoughts about his calling. Or to say the least, I could imagine he probably would have made his will up before venturing out to do this task our Lord had set before him.
God does not always give us the luxury of knowing what might happen to us each day as we go about our lives. The chain of events leading up to what just happened with the missionary was delicate to say the least, in that everything had to transpire exactly as it did. Any change in the course of events could have had disastrous outcomes. God knew before hand all the needs of those present. He chose to help each person in the face of those adverse circumstances in such a way that would bring each person to his saving grace.
Here we see one man’s faith being tested to the point of absolute death. If this missionary would have wavered in his belief in God, the outcome for so many souls might have been different. This man’s faith did not start with that one defining moment, it began years before when he made a choice to follow Jesus and serve him.