FOREVER HIS!

 Romans 8:38-39

 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This is an awesome GOD moment I experienced many, many years ago, but I remember the details as if it happened yesterday. And that’s saying something because I don’t have a good memory. I was in my car driving up what is called Madison Hill in my 62 Falcon (but it was 1974 on the way to Fredericksburg, Ohio.

God gave me answers that I was searching for and they were the perfect answers for me.

I was nineteen and making choices that weren’t godly. I wasn’t consciously rebelling against God but my actions told a different story. God’s love is so amazing that even though I had turned my back on him, he didn’t do the same to me.

After a year of working in dead-end jobs, I was going to college. but I needed to decide what to major in. I really had no idea. I only knew I wasn’t going to work in a factory or fast food for the rest of my life.   “Teacher” popped into my head from nowhere.  Almost audible, but not quite. What a good idea but what kind of teacher? Elementary? Home Ec? Math? The words, “Deaf teacher” popped into my head. Another great idea! I”d been involved in the deaf ministry through my church since I was about thirteen or fourteen so it made sense to me.

Four years later, I became a Speech Pathologist and several years later received my Master’s Degree as a teacher of the deaf. I was blessed to work most of my career as a Speech Pathologist for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in the Cleveland City Schools.

I loved it! Not that there weren’t a few moments of frustration, but it was a job that I was good at and it brought me much joy thanks to the great students I had through the years.

It was only years later that I realized that God had truly spoken to me in HIS  still quiet voice in that car that day going up Madison Hill.  God had guided me to the perfect career for me even though I was in complete rebellion at the time and for many years afterwards.  I’m still blessed every day by that choice that God gave me that day.

AT the time, I wasn’t living in a godly way, but God loved me enough to get me down the right path anyway. God is so wise and so good. He picked the perfect job for me in spite of my rebellion. This was only one of the times that God clearly guided me, protected me, and blessed me during my rebellion. There were many others!

Know that God loves you no matter where you are on your spiritual journey. Just as the prodigal son’s father worried, loved him, and longed to bless his child when he was off in rebellion, so it is with our heavenly father. Whether our rebellion lasts for ten minutes or ten years, God is waiting with open arms to welcome us back because we are forever HIS!

 

SHARING TIME: Is there a time God guided you in spite of your rebellion?

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3 comments

  1. I really would love to win a copy of Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness and this is the reason why:

    In 2007 I joined W.W. and successfully lost 50 pounds. I was thrilled and felt healthy and well. My husband thought different. He told me he didn’t care for anorexic women. Me, anorexic? I most certainly didn’t think I was although I didn’t know how to stop losing and no one at W.W. told me I needed to stop even though month by month the weight was dropping and I was down 19 pounds below the goal weight that was set for me. My husband pointed out how my ribs and hip bones stuck out. I had to admit he was right.
    I did put back on about 7 or 8 pounds and that seemed to make him happy and I was o.k. with it. I kept that weight off until the beginning of 2012. My Mom suddenly passed away on January 27, 2012. I turned to food for comfort. Once I started eating I couldn’t stop. I would cry and eat, cry and eat. That was my pattern. I didn’t care any more. Then on July 25, 2012 my favorite first cousin died of breast cancer. I battled breast cancer in 1999 and won. She didn’t. Why did I live and she die? I was angry. I ate some more. At this point I didn’t like myself anymore and I wouldn’t step on the scale. On November 20, 2012 my 21 year old nephew died of Ewing’s Sarcoma after a 3 year battle. Once again food was my comfort. In December I decided that in 2013 one of the goals I set for myself would be to get healthy again. January 01, 2013 I stepped on that dreaded scale. I was shocked and ashamed and I bereted myself for being a fat old cow. I had gained 30 pounds back. Through prayer and God’s help I am now back on the right track. I have lost 4.4 pounds so far this month but I have a long way to go. I want to be successful again. I want to be able to look in the mirror again and love that person; the one who had failed. I know the first step is to stop putting myself down.

    There you have it. This is the reason I need this book.

    Thanks and many Blessings!
    Judy

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