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    A Blessing in Disguise

    A Blessing in Disguise

    A year or so ago there was an item in the news – can’t remember whether it was in the print or media – of a woman who had been knocked out of her wheelchair. I also can’t remember what was said of her being in the wheelchair – whether since birth or after an accident, I cannot recall. What happened was the amazing thing – she was able to walk after that ‘accident’!!! Whatever nerve or muscle or whatever was ‘stuck’ that she couldn’t walk, after being knocked out of the wheelchair, a ‘miracle’ took place. And she started riding a bicycle and is now training for 2016 cycling Olympics!!

    Then recently, one of our family friend’s house caught on fire. Thankfully no one was injured, but their house was extensively damaged. The insurance company put them in temporary accommodation, while their house is being repaired. The family was very thankful to God for saving their lives. He said their house was built in 1974 and was in dire need of major repairs, upto and including installing smoker detectors as it was build at a time when it was not mandatory for builders to install smoke detectors in all the rooms. This house had smoke detectors on the lower level only, and the fire had started on the top floor – it was one of their sons who had smelt smoke. The house being that old, most of the electrical wiring was old, corroded and needing to be replaced. Now the insurance company is footing the repairs bill, plus everything else that needs to be replaced. This is going to be an expensive piece of work, but not costing this family money out of their pockets. In a way, that fire has ‘been quite a blessing’. Who would have thought?

    What am I trying to say? Sometimes when we experience challenges, we may miss the ‘silver lining’ due to our short-sightedness and ‘it was the devil’. We may call for prayers, fast, cast out, bind and loose, and not stopping to ask God for direction through the situation. I know I’ve been there big time. As I’ve been preparing these thoughts, I have been praying, that whatever challenge we maybe facing, that we will trust that God has a good plan, that something good will come out of it. Also, let us move towards God, and not away from Him during challenging times.

    Isaiah 6:1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. May we ‘see’ the Lord right now, in the Name of Jesus!!

    Also in Genesis, the story of Joseph and his brothers, they were afraid that they would be punished for having sold Joseph. But Joseph saw the plan of God. Genesis 50:19-21 Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

    May God turn things around for us and those close to us. PEACE


    22 January 2015