So, I believe God put me to the test to see if I learned the lesson. At the end of last week, Friday, I was taking the car to make a hospital visit. The car was really shaking at first, nor did it have as much power. (Of course, a Kia Rio doesn't really have a lot of power in the first place.) I made it to the hospital, then to Home Depot, and finally back home again. My local garage was willing to look at the car that afternoon. They diagnosed the problem and told me no Kia Dealer had the part. The part would not be in until Monday or Tuesday. Well, we've been a one car family before. I didn't think that was too bad of news. We just needed to rearrange our schedule a little.
Well, I was planning to go to my son's basketball game that evening and bring him home. I waited until my wife got home, and she decided to go with me. Of course, because I couldn't go in the car and had to wait, I missed half of the game. Well, as we were beginning to drive home from the game, a trip of about 25 miles, we heard a sound as if our tire had hit something and was going flat. We pulled over; the tires were alright. We still had this problem though. So, we pulled over again and saw the serpentine belt was almost off. We recognized we needed to be towed.
In the midst of those negative circumstances, God was present. God was good. He had sent a good Samaritan who gave us some good and some not-so- good advice. Yet, that helped clarify our decision. Plus, here was a man who was willing to help a stranger jump our van if needed- AWESOME! God also led us to park underneath a light where we could see the problem easily, and where the tow truck could easily find us. We parked not far from Papa's Pizza, so Nancy went and ordered a pizza while we waited for the truck. We were just beginning to eat, when the tow truck came- 50 minutes sooner than we expected. He was a pleasant young man who lived in the same town as us and knew exactly where he was going. He had room in the tow truck for all of us. We only got home about 30-45 minutes after our original schedule.
Hard times can be wonderful when God is present in them. I am not saying every moment was perfectly sweet or that no fearful thoughts occurred. I doubt if Joseph always thought, "This is great. I wish I could have been a slave or thrown into prison sooner." Not at all. I bet he initially struggled when he was sold as a slave or thrown into prison unjustly. Maybe, he battled his attitude other times also. But God was at work, and he looked to God, and in the midst of negative situations, God granted him success even in the hard times. Tragic or difficult circumstances-- God's presence-- Success even in negative situations.
Do you what the scary thing is? I just read the story of Paul and Silas being flogged and thrown into prison. (Negative circumstances) Yet at midnight they were praying and singing hymns to God. (God's presence). Read Acts 16 for the rest of the story- success in negative situations. Why do I think that is scary? Well, if God was teaching me this point through the Bible last week and there was a test, since I read this story in Acts will there be another test?
Peace be with you!