Archive | March 2015

Something Beautiful

moving truckI mentioned in my last blog that the recent road trip I took with my daughter Shanna and son-in-law David to Virginia was eventful. The last couple of days before our departure were not just crazy busy, but also full of obstacles–nothing major, just a lot of small frustrations that caused us to lack sleep and run behind schedule.

Before we left, we, along with some other family members, prayed for a safe trip. When it came time for me to pray , I started to pray for a smooth journey, but couldn’t. I now, believe God was preparing me for a little detour. When my daughter and I got in the car, I told her that  I felt something was coming up, but I did not know what it was, So we continued to pray.

Everything went well until around evening, when I made a careless error and almost wrecked the car. Shortly after that, our moving truck got stuck when we tried to turn around in a muddy lot (disguised as a field of grass,) behind a pizza place in a not so good area of town.

Shanna and David immediately set to work trying to get the truck out, while I sat in the car and prayed and texted others to pray. While awaiting a call back from their road hazard insurance, they tried to free the truck by placing everything under the tires from pizza boxes to blankets. For the next couple of hours, they prayed, and waited for and returned phone calls.

When they were informed that their insurance company could not help them, they began to call tow companies. The one company that said they might be able to assist them wanted 700 dollars. They decided to make some more calls.

From time to time, I got out of the car, and looked around for boards etc., but none were to be found. Then I would go over to the truck and ask them how things were going. I wanted to make some suggestions,(don’t we all in these type of situations) or assist with phone calls. But God kept telling me to let them work it out, and go back to the car.

At one point, I said, “Lord, what is going on!”

He answered, “Be still, I am doing something beautiful.”

I began to think about how my daughter and her husband were responding to the situation. No accusations were being flung or harsh words said–just discussion, care, prayer, and teamwork. Their calmness and kindness allowed them to be proactive and focus on a solution, which is something that I had never observed in a situation like this.

As I continued to sit in the car, I began to worship. Within minutes, a friend who I hadn’t talked to in a while called. When I told her what was happening she prayed.

Everything began to change. Shanna and David called another company who referred them to a guy who was able to pull them out of the mud, And he only charged them 125.00. God also set up a divine appointment for us to pray for and bless a man and his wife. My next blog will be about what transpired after God told me to get out of the car.

By the time we got back on the road, we had lost over four hours of trip time. But I didn’t see it as loss, because I was in awe as to the beauty of the night! I had seen true love at work as I had observed a young couple triumph in the midst of adversity, and I had witnessed God lovingly impact the lives of two strangers.

I couldn’t help but be thankful. What had appeared to be a misfortunate circumstance, was actually a divine set up by a God who is always orchestrating something beautiful!

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (I Corinthians 4-7.)

Have a beautiful, blessed day!

Jeannie Diane

Plans

snow Paths pic

I am back from vacation and ready to blog again. Last month I volunteered to help my daughter Shanna and my son-in-law David move to Virginia. I also agreed to stay with Shanna for a few weeks while David went to job training in another state. Before leaving, I made a lot of vacation plans. The majority did not materialize. But how often are God’s plans similar to mine?  Whenever I think I am setting my sites high, His ways are always higher.

After an eventful road trip, about which I will blog later, we arrived, unloaded the moving truck, and began to unpack. Shanna and I dropped David off at the airport a few days later. On the way back to the house, we discussed the things we would do and places we would go. Then, came the snow…and more snow…and still more snow–up to eight inches in a single night. Roads were icy and schools closed.

Now, you Northerners might think, “What’s the big deal? It’s just snow! But for those of us who are used to driving in deserts or near beaches, the beautiful blanket covering the roads looks more like white death.

And it was C-O-L-D!!!!! After a short excursion in single digit weather, Shanna and I decided that hibernation was much more appealing than sight-seeing or shopping. Isn’t it funny how uncomfortable circumstances can quickly change our heart’s desires?

Although, my trip didn’t turn out the way I had planned, (only once did we venture more than a couple miles from the house,) I believe it was according to God’s plan. Shanna and I had some wonderful mother-daughter bonding time, and I was also able to complete some personal goals. Not to mention the new friends with which I have been blessed.

And I did do some sightseeing, but it wasn’t around the area, it was in the area of my heart, as the Lord gave me a lot of insight and direction. He also brought together some divine appointments. I am still processing all of it.

While I was away, I learned so much and grew so much I couldn’t possibly write about it all in a single blog.  So over the next few weeks (or months) I will share a little at a time.

Although my plans didn’t succeed, God’s did. I had the best vacation I have ever had! I have been both blessed and refreshed and now, I am ready to walk into my next season!
Thank you, Lord, for changing my plans…and my heart!

“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” (Proverbs 3:5-6.)

Have a blessed day!

Jeannie Diane