Sunday November 4, 2018 – How to respond when these happen to you

Psalm 9:1, 2  I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.  2I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

Think of what you experience if you are overwhelmed with tasks to do and some of your friends show up unexpectedly because they’ve come to help you get it all done.  Think of what you experience if your vehicle is broken down in the middle of nowhere – and you have no cell phone – and someone pulls up and is able to fix your car and sends you on your way.

Suppose you are in ministry, ‘living on faith’ and you have no money or food – and someone arrives with groceries because the Lord put you on their heart.   Suppose everything in your life seems to be going wrong and you can’t figure out what is going on.  And in the midst of it, God gives you understanding of it all.

Suppose you are struggling with disappointment and discouragement and a friend calls to encourage you because you were on their heart and they were concerned.  And, when they pray for you, their prayer precisely addresses the things you’re struggling with.

In all of these experiences we would experience gratitude and joy – relief and exhilaration.  We would likely find ourselves deeply moved as well – possibly overcome with the wonder of our God and His goodness to us.

Now take all of the positive responses to the situations above and imagine God using them to create a ‘spiritual’ artesian spring within us – a never ending source of wonder and gratitude for Him.  When I read these verses, their reality – a vibrant, passionate description of the wonder of our God – is there within me; enveloping me.

No matter what we are going through, He wants our bedrock reality to be centered in the passionate wonder and gratitude for who He is.  That is what He has created within me – and He will do it for you.

PS – All of the situations written above have happened to Donna and me.

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About Don Schmidt

Beginning in the fall of 2009, Don was VP of Operations & Director of Student Life for 2 years at Williamson Christian College in Franklin, TN - a wonderful, accredited 4 year college for adult learners. That is where he started writing the devotionals. The passion of his heart is to love God and to help others learn to love God more and more. He grew up in St. Joseph, MI - Class of '66. Graduated from Michigan State in '70 and Wheaton Grad School in '78. Thunderous conversion October 11, 1968. He and Donna were engaged 2 hrs & 15 minutes after they met August 25, 1969 at a Christian camp in Georgia. They married in '70 and have 4 wonderful sons. Most of his adult career has been in business in NE Ohio. They lived for 20 years in Peninsula, OH. They attended St. Luke's Ministries (Anglican) in Copley, OH for many years. Three years ago they were reassigned by the Lord to attend River of Life Community Church in Hudson, OH. St. Luke's prayerfully sent them off on this new adventure with much love.
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