We had a yard sale Saturday morning. It went well. The weather was great. Once it was over the wind kicked up and brought in some lightning, thunder and rain, a lot of rain. I was in our basement checking on something and noticed the floor drain was backing up. I thought it was the extra rain but when I tried to clear it, there were signs of a clog. I did my best but we had to hire a professional to unclog the drain. It’s fixed. It cost about 1/2 of what we made at the yard sale. Yesterday Mary noticed a shiny spot on the lawn. We have a broken sprinkler pipe.
Stuff happens. Our world is breaking and dying, at best we maintain what’s here. Sometimes we make improvements in one area but neglect another. We have found that windfalls of money usually are placed in our lives not to be rich but to provide for a need that we didn’t know was coming. We call it the zero dollar principle. Maybe the yard sale preceding the plumbing problem is just such a situation.
Proverbs says “Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.
Proverbs 30:8-9 –
My bible study this morning led me to Proverbs 3. I found some verses that I need to remember.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
Proverbs 3:5-6, 11-12
Sometimes life gets hard. My natural inclination is to whine, then try and figure out a way out. Well maybe God is teaching me something in the circumstances. Do I believe he loves me? If so, I will be disciplined and corrected and taught by Father who loves me and wants me to be faithful and productive.
The writer of Hebrews quotes 11-12.
“In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline —then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Hebrews 12:4-11 –
Life is sometimes hard, stuff happens, the world and everything and everyone in it is winding down, and wearing out. God loves me and will carry me through all of this. Sometimes the hard stuff is God disciplining me, sometimes it’s just stuff breaking (or plugging up). God is with me through it all. He provides for me and my family, sometimes before I even know I need it.