Thursday, December 24, 2020

Orange Moon "Passing Through Providence" Part 3 Faithful and True

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe… 


"Passing Through Providence"

Part 3 - Faithful and True


     This is a true story.  No names were changed to protect the innocent (or the guilty! :):) ).  No names are used at all, actually.


   The messages of the last three days have revolved around a fender bender we experienced this past Monday.  A lady struck us from behind while we were stationary at a stoplight.  Thankfully, everything is fine.  No injuries, the lady has taken full responsibility for the incident, and her insurance company has contacted me to confirm they will pay for all damages (and physical issues, should any arise in time).  Our car remains drivable, and we will have our bumper replaced in January.  


    I have written about this in the context of the difficulties of life having to "pass through Providence" to reach us.  God measures our  challenges, whether those He determines, or those He allows.  In our case, He kept us from injury, but we did receive quite a jolt from the impact of the crash.  I've also had to spend a good bit of time in communication with insurance companies.  Still, we feel greatly blessed, and thankful to have the opportunity to communicate a bit of God's truth made possible by the incident.


Back to the "true story" part.  On Tuesday, the day after our accident, I visited our local Walmart.  While shopping, I heard a voice as I passed by another customer.  "Did I hit you yesterday?"  Sure enough, she had. The voice proceeded from the same lady who ran into us on Monday!  Hard to believe we would have once again been in the same place, at the same time (this time, thankfully, with no cars involved!).  We talked for a few minutes, went our separate ways, but later almost ran into each other with our shopping carts in another part of the store!  We looked at each other, laughed, and parted again (this time with no further incidents. Whew!).  


   What are the chances these episodes would have taken place as they did?  The odds seem astronomical.  Thus, the main point I sought to convey as this series of messages began seems more pertinent than ever.  Surely the Lord was and is involved in this matter, as He is in all things.  We do not know all the whys and wherefores, as is often the case when God works to fulfill His purposes in our lives.  Indeed, as we often suggest, we may not know what He is doing, but we can know that He is doing.  This can be difficult because we all want to understand. Our Heavenly Father, conversely, may deem it unnecessary or unwise to grant such insight.  Or, He may delay our discovery of why He determines or allows things to happen.  Whatever the case, He can be trusted.  This is always the primary truth to learn in a greater way when challenges confront us, and also the primary truth to share with others when our Father yet again confirms His faithfulness.  "I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust" (Psalm 91:2).


    Frances and I many years ago adopted as the theme of our life and ministry the affirmation that "No one has ever trusted in the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and been disappointed for doing so.  And no one ever will."  Our Lord is perfectly faithful, perfectly true, and He cannot lie.  The events of the last few days provide yet another aspect of our personal discovery of such blessed truth, which gives opportunity to share with you and others that God can be trusted.  For that, we are grateful, and while we do not know all the whys and wherefores of the events of this week, we are certain that our Father has faithfully woven them into His purposes to honor the Lord Jesus and reveal Him as the Life of our lives.  For that we are grateful, and thankful also to have opportunity to share together with you the glories and wonders of God's faithfulness.


"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True."

(Revelation 19:12)


Weekly Memory Verse

    "Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light."

(Ephesians 5:14)



















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