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When life is going well.

When there is money in the bank account,

Health for ourselves and our families,

Jobs are satisfying,

Relationships are strong,

The house is clean,

In other words,

When life is going in the way we think it should.

We see our life as something beautiful!

But, when life is hard, and things are not going as we think it should, our life can seem like the back of needlework,

with frayed threads,

And no discernible pattern.

In short, anything but something beautiful.

A few weeks back, as I read a post, called God Sees Through the Chaos, by Cheryl Zelenka, at Facing Trials, I was struck by how she told the story of how what we see as a mess actually being something beautiful.

“I do so love the testimony of Corrie ten Boom and how her ministry of love and forgiveness continued on until her death. This story blessed me and I hope it blesses you as well.

During Corrie’s presentations to audiences, she would often hold the back side of a piece of embroidery (pictured), with hundreds of tangled threads hanging from it. Many wondered if she was holding up the wrong side by mistake. As she held up the messy side of the embroidery she would ask…

“Does God always grant us what we ask for in prayer? Not always. Sometimes He says, ‘No.’ That is because God knows what we do not know. God knows all. Look at this piece of embroidery. The wrong side is chaos. But look at the beautiful picture on the other side – the right side.”

Triumphantly she flipped the cloth over and revealed an elaborately embroidered crown – symbolizing our crown of eternal life. The crown was intricately stitched, and had threads of many colors, including gold, silver and pearls.

“We see now the wrong side, God sees His side all the time. One day we shall see the embroidery from His side, and thank Him for every answered and unanswered prayer.””20140526-212202-76922988.jpg

 

 

 

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So much confidence, so much assurance and security can be achieved by having a plan that is in case of emergency.

Having:

  • an escape plan, in case of a fire
  • a box of goods, in case of an earthquake
  • a back-up home for your kids to go to, in case you are not home
  • life, house, and medical insurance, in case you have need for financial assistance

all help to provide such confidence, assurance and security.

What about prayer? Is it your in case of emergency plan?

Cheryl Zelenka, in her post, Is Prayer Your Spare Tire, would seem to think that prayer should be our steering wheel, not our spare tire, always on hand in case of emergency.

The following is her post, from her blog, Facing Trials :

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;I will guide you with My eye.” Psalm 32:8 (NKJV)

“For this is God,Our God forever and ever;He will be our guideEven to death.” Psalm 48:14 (NKJV)

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?

So what did Corrie ten Boom mean when she wrote these words?

While you are in prayer, do you take time to listen for instructions? One of the ingredients to prayer is listening to the voice of God. By listening during your prayer time, you will find guidance given by the Holy Spirit. Directions will be sent your way so that you can navigate and steer your spiritual wheel in the way God wants you to go.

Now if prayer is your spare tire, it probably means you pray ONLY when you get a flat and need God’s assistance. Making petitions of God is never a bad idea. He will always listen to sincere prayers of repentance and requests for help. Lovingly, He will direct you out of your trouble.

However, wouldn’t it be better to learn ways to avoid repeated pitfalls or flat tires? This requires a listening heart and an agreement to not only hear His instructions, but to receive them with an intent to carry them out.

Why not decide today to make prayer your steering wheel in life?”

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Karla Sullivan

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